Webinar - Mobility Data Sharing: A Middle Ground Approach

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Mobility Data Sharing: A Middle Ground Approach

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Dynamic and responsive transportation systems are a core pillar of equitable and sustainable communities. Achieving such systems requires comprehensive mobility data, or data that reports the movement of individuals and vehicles. Such data enable planners and policymakers to make informed decisions and enable researchers to model the effects of various transportation solutions. However, collecting mobility data also raises concerns about privacy and proprietary interests. Oversharing and undersharing mobility data are both problematic. We argue that a middle-ground approach, in which data are shared in specific contexts and managed by a trusted third party, can capture the benefits of data sharing while minimizing risks.

In this webinar, we present findings from a recent overview of the top needs and challenges surrounding mobility data sharing. We present four policy strategies—at multiple levels of governance—to support needed data sharing while respecting the aforementioned concerns. These are:

  1. Foster voluntary agreement among mobility providers for a set of standardized data specifications. (Cities, Regions)
  2. Develop clear data-sharing requirements designed for transportation network companies (TNCs)[1] and other mobility providers. [2] (States, Regions, Cities)
  3. Establish publicly held big-data repositories, managed by third parties, to securely hold mobility data and provide structured access by states, cities, and researchers. (Federal, States)
  4. Leverage innovative land-use and transportation-planning tools. (Cities, Regions)

About the Speakers

Dr. Austin Brown is Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at the University of California, Davis. In this role, he builds strong connections between the research and policy communities at the local, state, and national levels with a focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining UC Davis in June 2017, he spent nine years in Washington, DC, working for the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and as Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration.

Paige Pellaton is a researcher with the Policy Institute and a Ph.D. student in Political Science. Broadly, Paige is interested in institutional design and state legislative behavior. Her research focuses on committee politics with an emphasis on bureaucratic oversight and interest group influence in the wake of term limits. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from New College of Florida.

About the Guest Respondents

Regina Clewlow is the CEO and Co-founder of Populus, a data platform for cities to manage the future of mobility. Trusted by leading cities and the world’s largest mobility operators, the Populus platform securely ingests real-time data from shared electric scooters, bikes, and cars - helping operators and cities partner to deliver safe, equitable, and efficient streets through better data and analytics.

Mollie Pelon McArdle is Co-director of SharedStreets, a project of the Open Transport Partnership. The non-profit organization builds tools for public-private collaboration around transport data. SharedStreets is powered by a growing network of cities and private sector partners committed to reimagining how we produce and share data about streets.

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