Industry and Public Sector Leaders Partner to Launch the Mobility Data Collaborative

Industry and Public Sector Leaders Partner to Launch the Mobility Data Collaborative

SAE ITC, Mobility Operators, Public Agencies and Academia Establish Consortium to Support Mobility Data Sharing

 
WARRENDALE, Pa., (December 10, 2019) — The Mobility Data Collaborative (the Collaborative), a multi-sector forum with the goal of creating a framework to improve mobility through data, launches today, as convened by SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC), an affiliate of SAE International.
 
New mobility services, such as shared cars, bikes and scooters, are emerging and integrating into the urban transportation landscape across the globe. Data generated by these new mobility services offers an exciting opportunity to inform local policies and infrastructure planning. The Collaborative brings together key members from the public and private sectors to develop best practices to harness the potential of this valuable data to support safe, equitable, and livable streets.
 
The Collaborative will leverage the knowledge of its current and future members to solve the complex challenges facing shared mobility operators and the public agencies who manage access to infrastructure that these new services require. A critical component of this collaboration is providing an open and impartial forum for sharing information and developing best practices. 
 
Membership is open to public agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions and private companies. Currently, the Collaborative membership includes:
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Bird
  • Lyft
  • Populus
  • Spin
  • StreetLight Data, Inc.
  • Tumult Labs
  • Uber
  • IMaTS at McGill University
  • North American Bikeshare Association
  • TSRC at UC-Berkeley

“We have identified the development of consistent mobility performance metrics and data privacy as two areas that could immediately benefit from consistency and clarity,” said Annie Chang, head of new mobility at SAE International and director of the Collaborative. “Our objective is to build consensus amongst the mobility community to support effective and secure data sharing.”
 
The Collaborative will be hosting a feedback session during The Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2020, in Washington D.C., for stakeholders to discuss the performance metrics and data privacy framework projects. To learn more about joining the Collaborative, please visit: mobilitydatacollaborative.org.

Additional Member Quotes
Bird
“Bird and SAE International have a shared goal of developing mobility solutions for cities and communities throughout the world. By working collaboratively with cities, we can design and implement responsible tools that are in the public interest. Joining the Mobility Data Collaborative is just one of many examples of our ongoing commitment to partner with cities to improve livability by reducing car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions.”
- David Allison, Senior Vice President of Data & City Solutions, Bird
 
City of Bellevue
“The City of Bellevue is a data-driven organization that strives to be a leader on innovative transportation technology. We’re excited to contribute lessons learned from our experience with dockless e-bikeshare to develop a common approach to collecting and reporting on mobility data. This will help communities more effectively expand shared micromobility as a travel option for residents, workers and visitors.”
- Andrew Singelakis, Transportation Director, City of Bellevue
 
City of Tallahassee
“The City of Tallahassee strives to be a leader in exploring and implementing diverse mobility options that meet the changing needs of a growing community. We are excited to work with the Mobility Data Collaborative to create best practices and share our unique experiences with micro-mobility to shape the future of this industry.”
- City of Tallahassee Official
 
Denver Regional Council of Governments
As the transportation landscape evolves, it is important to bring together public and private sector partners to engage in an open, honest dialog about our collective future as it pertains to mobility data. DRCOG is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with partners to better understand emerging mobility options, use data to make decisions and improve mobility services and infrastructure for all.”
- Emily Lindsey, Transportation Technology Strategist, Transportation Planning and Operations, Denver Regional Council of Governments  
 
Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), UC-Berkeley
“The Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley is delighted to support SAE International’s Mobility Data Collaborative to develop performance metrics for shared mobility, enhance data sharing capabilities, and reach consensus on safeguards to protect consumer privacy.”
- Dr. Susan Shaheen, Professor, CEE and Co-Director, TSRC, UC-Berkeley
 
Lyft
“At Lyft, we are committed to expanding transportation access and opportunity to every community. We are proud to join the Mobility Data Collaborative as a part of our commitment to working with local agencies and city leadership to better inform the investment and development of transportation networks and robust privacy safeguards for all users."
- Caroline Samponaro, Head of Micromobility Policy, Lyft
 
North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA)
"The importance of data sharing in the shared micromobility industry has always, and continues to be, at the forefront of NABSA's work. From NABSA's development and stewardship of the GBFS standard that began in 2015 to today, NABSA is excited to help evolve data sharing in the shared micromobility industry. We are enthusiastic to take part in the Mobility Data Collaborative to help further the opportunities that data sharing can provide to all sectors of the shared micromobility industry, while ensuring benefits to the end users of shared micromobility systems and the communities in which they operate."
- Samantha Herr, Executive Director, NABSA
 
Populus
"We are committed to helping cities and mobility operators work together to deliver safe, efficient, and equitable streets. Our investment in this SAE International consortium to expand secure and effective data-sharing is a critical building block towards improving communication and visibility between the public and private sectors for a better mobility future." 
- Regina Clewlow, CEO and Co-Founder, Populus
 
Spin
“There are both promises and challenges with how data-sharing is done today. Spin believes it’s important to provide cities with data to help them improve their transportation networks, enforce regulations fairly, and create safer and more inclusive streets. We look forward to working collaboratively with cities and other stakeholders at MDC to make sure mobility data-sharing can continue to help cities while being mindful of important issues like consistency and privacy.”
- Brian Kyuhoon No, Head of Public Policy, Spin

StreetLight Data, Inc.
“Understanding travel patterns to solve complex transportation problems requires massive volumes of non-real-time mobility data and effective mechanisms for sharing without compromising the privacy of individuals. We’ve proven this is possible by supporting thousands of mobility uses cases with agencies across the country. As stewards of privacy and pioneers in Big Data for mobility, StreetLight is proud to contribute our expertise and knowledge to further the mission of the Mobility Data Collaborative.”
- Kara Selke, VP of Commercial Development and Privacy, StreetLight Data, Inc.
 
Tumult Labs
"At Tumult Labs we are passionate about enabling effective data sharing while guaranteeing iron clad privacy protection to individuals contributing their data.  As part of the consortium, we hope to help advance the understanding of privacy threats and develop privacy policies and protection systems that work for riders, mobility operators, and cities." 
- Gerome Miklau, Co-Founder, Tumult Labs
 
Uber
“At Uber, we believe in the power of sharing data with cities to help make transportation safe, sustainable, and accessible while protecting consumer privacy, no matter where our users—and their data—travel. We are proud to join forces with SAE International as a part of our commitment to building open tools, standards, and best practices that go beyond exchanging data and towards helping cities optimize their policies and investments in transportation.”
- Colin Tooze, Director of Public Policy, New Mobility, Uber
 
 
Mobility Data Collaborative
The Mobility Data Collaborative will serve as a neutral forum for cross-sector collaboration. Its goal is to convene leading mobility partners from public and private sectors to develop a framework of best practices to support effective and secure mobility data sharing. To learn more about the Collaborative’s mission and its guiding principles visit www.mobilitydatacollaborative.org.
 
SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) is an affiliate of SAE International. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally. www.sae-itc.com
 
SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. www.sae.org
 
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