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Mobility Data Sharing: Challenges and Policy Recommendations


Research Report

Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Suggested Citation:
D'Agostino, Mollie, Paige Pellaton, Austin Brown (2019) Mobility Data Sharing: Challenges and Policy Recommendations. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-19-19

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. This issue paper provides an overview of the top needs and challenges surrounding mobility data sharing and presents four relevant policy strategies: (1) Foster voluntary agreement among mobility providers for a set of standardized data specifications; (2) Develop clear data-sharing requirements designed for transportation network companies and other mobility providers; (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; (4) Leverage innovative land-use and transportation-planning tools.

Key words: data sharing, policy making, transportation policy, shared mobility, transportation planning, city planning