THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY
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-source standards and tools that provide scalable mobility solutions for cities.
Governed by cities, the Open Mobility Foundation brings together public and private sector stakeholders to develop and promote technology used by commercial mobility service providers and governments that manage the public right-of-way.
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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, efficient, and environmentally sustainable way.
The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) stewards an open source tool called “Mobility Data Specification” (MDS) that was initially developed by cities to help manage dockless micro-mobility programs (including shared dockless e-scooters).
MDS is 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 and publish regulations that can inform efficient traffic management and public policy decisions to enhance safety, equity and quality of life. More than 115 cities across the United States and around the globe already use MDS to manage shared mobility services. The OMF continues to develop MDS while working on new projects in curb management and emerging modes.
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-source digital toolkit that allow cities to fulfill their multiple responsibilities for safety, limiting congestion, promoting commerce, and improving quality of life.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles