The Impacts of Uber on Car Use in the Greater Paris Region

A study commissioned by Uber France, conducted by a consortium of experts: 6t-bureau de recherche the Paris Region Urban and Environmental Agency (Institut d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme d’Île-de-France, (IAU-IDF)), the “Cities, Mobility and Transportation” research laboratory (Laboratoire Villes, Mobilité, Transports, LVMT) and Jean-Pierre Orfeuil.

TNCs began operating in dense metropolitan areas that were already subject to alarmingly high levels of air and noise pollution, as well as traffic congestion and conflicts over public space use. The question of their impacts on the volume of automobile traffic in those cities has hence emerged as a widely debated topic, and as a fundamental matter to address. Yet, much of the rare academic literature having flourished around the issue puts forward neither consensual conclusions nor robust scientific evidence regarding the effects of TNCs on Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) or Vehicle Kilometers Travelled (VKT).

This study aims at :

  • Isolating and quantifying the influence of Uber on household car ownership amongst Uber users in IDF
  • Estimating VKT avoided by car equipment reduction
  • Extrapolating the results to the 2.1 million Uber users in IDF
  • Determining VKT generated by Uber drivers

Full study report (in French) available on-demand at

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