The Overhead Wire

Inside the Transportation Data Tug of War

January 29, 2019
How cities and new mobility services are battling over the data they create.

The relationship between cities and new mobility companies was tense from the start.

Uber, which launched in San Francisco in 2010, had spread across the country by the end of 2011, opening operations in cities like Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. Slowly in some places, immediately in others, the company found itself in bureaucratic showdowns with city councils, mayors and regulators. Bans were proposed, cease and desist letters were sent, lawsuits were filed. Silicon Valley-style disruption was veering towards chaos.