Next-Gen Transportation Isn’t Going Anywhere Without Data
In a recent Meeting of the Minds panel discussion, transportation experts weighed in on how the future of urban mobility innovation will be tied to a wide range of data sources and thorough analysis.
BY SKIP DESCANT SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Effectively operating the transportation systems of tomorrow is going to take more than thoughtful planning; it’s also going to require a lot of good data, experts say. This process is already playing out with the wide adoption of standardized methods for collecting and using transportation data, namely through open-source software and the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), which lays out a road map to connect mobility companies with local governments. MDS is often credited with making emerging forms of mobility — bikes, e-scooters, rentable and sharable cars — integrated mobility options within the larger transportation ecosystem. These specifications are in use by about 90 cities around the world.
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