Handout image from Uber.

Uber launches fleet of mapping cars in Metro Vancouver

Vehicles will drive around the region gathering images and data ahead of fall rollout

A popular ride-hailing company wants to get the lay of the land as it gears up to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver by the end of the year.

Uber Canada is launching an urban mapping program this week.

Twenty-five vehicles will travel around the region gathering images and data about things like building entrances and traffic patterns.

The company says the information will allow it to better match customers with drivers, navigate the quickest routes and come up with more accurate timing estimates.

Vancouver has long resisted the arrival of Uber, but B.C.’s previous Liberal government said earlier this year it would work to allow ride-hailing services by December.

Uber operates in 632 cities worldwide using a smartphone app that lets people request rides from drivers who use their own vehicles, and automatically charges rates that reflect up-to-the-minute demand in a given area.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Surrey School District refuses to rent Bell Centre for Parents United Canada rally

Group is seeking court injunction to stop an LGBTQ program in public schools

Off-duty officer, store staff struck in South Surrey altercation

One arrested following suspected theft in Grandview Corners

EXCLUSIVE: Surrey collecting fees on more than 2,400 illegal suites, documents reveal

That works out to more than $1 million in fees collected annually

New private school proposed for South Surrey

Thirty-acre site once eyed for entertainment and gaming complex

Busy Highway 99 junction not yet a priority for province

City of Surrey says it’s ready to fund project

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

‘Hearties’ descend on Langley

Fans of TV show ‘When Calls the Heart’ have gathered in Langley for the Hearties Family Reunion

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Nerd alert: Science fiction, fantasy and games fans convene in Surrey for VCON

New this year is a Halloween Spook-A-Thon fundraiser at Sheraton hotel in Guildford

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’ comedy show playing Surrey has drawn flak elsewhere

In Mike Delamont’s solo show, ‘God’ is portrayed as a middle-aged, Scottish auntie

Most Read