In January, OKI partnered with Uber, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the City of Cincinnati to form the Cincinnati Urban Mobility Lab.
The lab has spurred a wealth of data sharing and new ideas. Currently, we are studying how Uber and OKI’s data can be linked together. One of the original thoughts Uber had for the lab was to identify food deserts throughout the region. That idea has evolved into analysis of other accessibility issues involving daycares, hospitals, urgent-care, post-secondary education and transit.
We are obviously in the early stages of this three year relationship, however, I’m amazed at how quickly we are identifying new opportunities. Uber has been a very giving corporate partner. The work that we originally thought would be a simple data exchange, has actually led to some pretty interesting projects, which may result in solutions for issues facing the region. We just have to do the work!