A coalition of cities committed to using open-source technology have launched the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) to help develop and deploy digital mobility tools and put in the place governance to manage them.
The non-profit brings together academic, commercial, advocacy and municipal stakeholders and its work is underpinned by a Mobility Data Specification (MDS) platform that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) developed to help manage dockless micro-mobility solutions.
The platform comprises of a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that create standard communications between cities and private companies to improve their operations. The APIs allow cities to collect data that can inform real-time traffic management and public policy decisions.
"Cities are always working to harness the power of technology for the public good. The Open Mobility Foundation will help us manage emerging transportation infrastructures, and make mobility more accessible and affordable for people in all of our communities," said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as advisory council chair of Accelerator for America, which showcased the MDS platform early on."