Big city slicker.
This data is total trash for big cities, well, outside of it being yet another government spy tool. All this data is already known in big cities and has been for decades, because human expansion is only minimal at best. Want to know how long it takes driving the limit to get fron 32nd to 78th? Ask a taxi driver or bus driver. Want to know how long it takes in an emergency? Ask a police driver, firefighter or ambulance driver. For rural areas the data could help, if those rural areas have never had cops, taxis, firefighters, buses or ambulances. If they don't have those established, then it's real simple for developers (x+y simple).
This data is a spy tool. Not excusing Uber, but stepping back out of the box and realizing they're even asking for the data at all reveals the truth.