Urban Engines Launches to Use Insights to Improve City Transportation.


Urban Engines Launches to Use Insights to Improve City Transportation.

After more than two years of research and development and deciding to launch public today, Urban Engines main objective is to make urban living better with the use of software that powers the essential systems at the heart of every city, beginning with transportation systems. Utilizing spatial analytics and behavioral economics, Urban Engins help alleviate urban congestion and ease the time and stress of daily commutes.


Cities are currently the home to half of the world’s populations, with expectations of it to grow over 5 billion people by the year 2030. This places increasing burden over the cities transportation systems and their people living their. Urban Engine generates unprecedented insights, reporting, and graphical views displaying how commuters move within transportation networks across time and location. Prepared with these insights, city transit officials can make better use of existing infrastructure, improve citty planning and operations, and deliver short and much more comfortable commutes for the people.

“As urbanization continues to stress regional transportation systems throughout the world–and particularly in developing countries–we need sustainable, cost-effective solutions. Urban Engines’ work offers potentially revolutionary solutions for addressing the complex issue of commuter congestion through incentives and data-driven insights,” says Shomik Mehndiratta, the World Bank’s Lead Transport Specialist for Latin America.

Urban Engines has already affected cities and commuter around the world as the company has implemented its software for major cities, these include Sao Paulo in cooperation with the World Bank, Singapore, and Initial deployment in Washington DC.

“We’ve proven over the last few years that the combination of insights and incentives generated by Urban Engines can highlight congestion hotspots and shift supply and demand to make urban commutes better,” said Shiva Shivakumar, co-founder and CEO of Urban Engines. “We’re operating today in cities on three continents with millions of commuters making billions of trips per year — and we’re just getting started.”

The Works.

Made up of a two-part system, Urban Engines software utilizes existing data from city transit systems and require no hardware or other capital outlay. The Urban Engines system works by generating insights from a spatial analytics to create  artistic digital replica of the city’s transportation system. The software will also help cities implement incentive systems rooted in behavioral economics, which help it increase commuter engagement and alleviate congesting during peak traveling hours and with rewards for commuter shifts.

“Years of research at Stanford has shown that small shifts by commuters in the right places and at the right times can relieve bottlenecks,” said Balaji Prabhakar, co-founder and chief scientist of Urban Engines, and Stanford Professor and Director of the Stanford Center for Societal Networks. “With the launch of Urban Engines, we’re taking that learning to the real world and hope to impact the urban landscape at a global scale.

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