The Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the International Road Federation (IRF) have launched a new report that draws attention to the need for policy guidance for data sharing between public and private sector stakeholders in the transportation sector.
The report, Sustainable Mobility: Policy Making for Data Sharing, which was released today as part of the new GRA in Action series, outlines a comprehensive policy framework with actionable guidance to support the adoption of data sharing to achieve sustainable urban mobility.
The increasing digitalization of mobility presents an opportunity to accelerate the transition toward sustainable urban mobility. Governments and businesses alike are using mobility data for innovative uses.
Many disruptive mobility businesses, including those modeled on the shared economy, telematics, and autonomous driving capabilities, are all built on the backbone of static and dynamic data collection and processing abilities. Similarly, governments use data to understand and monitor transportation systems and plan infrastructure to meet future needs.
While raw data alone are not enough, data sharing can help generate actionable insights, which are necessary to achieve sustainable mobility goals, generate economic value, and improve transportation experiences.
Sharing of data across multiple sources is essential for decarbonizing our transportation systems and making mobility safer, more efficient, and accessible. Policy making for data sharing will help create harmonized, secure, privacy-centric, and ethical data-sharing ecosystems,
said Thomas Deloison, Director, Mobility, WBCSD.
An analysis of practices around the world shows that there is an urgent need for greater policy coherence in data sharing ecosystems, and governments need to adopt a harmonized and collaborative approach toward policy making for data sharing.
This report addresses the existing policy gap around mobility data-sharing,
said Susanna Zammataro, Director General, IRF.
A sound global policy framework is vital to harness technological advances and to avoid siloed approaches that could hamper rather than support the development of a mobility that is sustainable for all.
For Dr. Nancy Vandycke, Program Manager, SuM4All :
For Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All), data and evidence are essential to diagnose mobility issues and prioritize policy action. Until recently, much of the conversation on transport has been driven by anecdotes or ad hoc assessments. With the vast amount of data newly generated by the private sector, the right policy framework in place to enable data-sharing between public and private actors, and artificial intelligence to process that information, we can now bring a higher level of objectivity and precision in diagnosing issues in countries and guiding policy choices.
As a coalition of more than 50 organizations from the public and the private sectors, SuM4All will continue to harness technical expertise from its Members to think beyond existing paradigms, offer new insights, and support countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable mobility, including their climate targets.