Municipalities across the country have joined together to create a new global non-profit organization called the Open Mobility Foundation to support the development of open-sourced software that provides scalable mobility solutions for cities.

Governed by cities, the Open Mobility Foundation develops and promotes technology used in commercial products that either use the right-of-way or that help government entities manage the public right-of-way.


As our urban transportation systems continue to incorporate more and more digitally enabled ways of moving around—from ride-sharing to shared scooters and bikes to autonomous vehicles and drones—cities need new ways of ensuring that everyone has their transport needs met in a safe, equitable, and environmentally sustainable way.

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The OMF is based on a platform called “Mobility Data Specifications” (MDS) that was initially developed by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to help manage dockless micro-mobility programs (including shared dockless e-scooters).

MDS is comprised of a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that create standardized two-way communications for cities and private companies to share information about their operations, and that allow cities to collect data that can inform real-time traffic management and public policy decisions to enhance safety, equity and quality of life. More than 50 cities across the United States — and dozens across the globe — already use MDS to manage micro-mobility services.

What We Believe: Our Core Principles

The OMF’s work is underpinned by core principles of Open-Source, Data and Privacy, Competition, Compatibility, Modularity, and Sustainability that drive and inform all our work.

 “The Open Mobility Foundation supports the development of an open-sourced software platform that allow cities to fulfill their multiple responsibilities for safety, limiting congestion, promoting commerce, and improving quality of life”

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles