Urban Engines recently announced that it will become part of Google Maps. It’s a bit of a welcome back type of deal as Urban Engines’ co-founder and CEO Shiva Shivakumar was an engineer at Google for nearly a decade, working on algorithm-based web products such as Sitemaps and AdSense. He left in 2010 to focus on incorporating web-style analysis to real-world transportation networks.
Urban Engines works by offering route analytics for urban planning, delivery and commuting. It utilizes what it calls its “space/time engine” to replicate routes and scenarios. As a result, Google Maps should be more efficient. Their announcement post reads:
Location analytics is an important focus for both Urban Engines and Google, and we’re excited to combine forces to help organizations better understand how the world moves.
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