Uber vs. Taxis: Event detection and differentiation in New York City

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Geographic Information Science, Montreal, Canada (2016)




event, transportation network company, uber


The recent rise of ride-sourcing services such as Uber have significantly changed the transportation landscape. This work takes a first step in differentiating Uber and taxi transportation methods through events attended by their passengers. Using a sample of Uber and taxi pick-up times and locations in New York City, we show that events can be detected within each platform. Through identification of a select few of these events, this work takes a preliminary step in showing that there is a difference in the types of events that are attended by Uber users and taxi passengers.