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This article was published on May 26, 2016


Uber now uses Foursquare data because it doesn’t know where you’re going

Uber now uses Foursquare data because it doesn’t know where you’re going


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Uber is about to be much faster at finding your drop-off or pick-up location. In a “global, multi-year agreement,” the ride-sharing app will access Foursquare Places data.

In accessing Foursquare data, Uber riders can (hopefully) stop typing in addresses when a location isn’t known. Currently, Uber is great at finding larger venues like stadiums or airports, but pretty bad at discovering that niche restaurant your best friend told you about last week.

“Foursquare will enable Uber to customize, improve and increase the breadth of our non-personal POI location data to enhance Uber’s rider and driver experience,” says Foursquare. “Also, these modifications will also be incorporated into Foursquare’s venue database going forward.”

Uber is already available within Foursquare, but that’s simply for hailing pick-ups.

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