Digitalization and Data in Urban Mobility

Digitalization and data sharing are crucial enablers of the sustainable mobility transformation. Data from diverse sources, including different modes of transportation, are central to the future of urban mobility. WBSCD members are guiding, deploying, scaling and replicating data sharing between global public and private sectors in mobility to lower carbon emissions, enhance safety and accessibility and reduce road congestion and pollution in cities. 

    The challenge

    Multiple barriers impede the sharing of data, including concerns around privacy, cybersecurity, competition, risk and liability. Unclear regulatory and policy environments, lack of understanding of the underlying value of data, and the lack of capacity in both public and private sectors further complicate data sharing. In some cases, the lack of policy around data sharing has caused negative outcomes including monopolization of the data economy, violations of privacy, misuse of technology that amplify existing biases, social inequities and adverse health and environmental impacts. 

    The business case

    Sharing data between mobility stakeholders holds a high transformative potential toward sustainability. Data sharing is critical to supporting a truly integrated and seamless Mobility as a Service (MaaS) system, help optimize and manage fleets, and support integration of formal and informal transportation in developing countries. It can also help to plan a shift in commuting toward lower-impact modes such as walking, cycling or right-sized vehicles and support resilience and efficiency of last-mile urban freight. Data can create immense shared value. The global “intelligent mobility” market could be worth around GBP £900 billion by 2025 and the value of vehicle-generated data alone could create a total revenue pool of USD $450 – 700 billion by 2030.  

    The solution

    This project convenes WBCSD members, academics, civil society and government representatives as part of a coalition that will provide actionable policy guidance to support the scaling of data sharing. The coalition will also conduct targeted pilots to demonstrate collaborative governance models and develop toolkits and impacts assessments for data-sharing initiatives in cities. This will accelerate digitalization and data sharing in urban mobility systems and enable public and private stakeholders globally to lower carbon emissions, enhance safety and accessibility and reduce road congestion. 

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