The Open Mobility Foundation aims to evolve how cities better manage transportation today and in the future and develop and deploy digital mobility tools.
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.
The OMF aims to be a “new kind” of public-private forum to seed ideas and govern an evolving software platform. Serving as a forum for discussions on a range of topics. It sets out its four primary areas of focus as:
"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.
"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"
Growing from work pioneered at the LADOT and the City of Santa Monica, the founding municipal members of the coalition are: Austin; Bogotá, Colombia; Chicago; Los Angeles; Louisville; Miami; Miami-Dade County; Minneapolis; New York City Department of Transportation; New York City Taxi and Limo Commission; Philadelphia; Portland; San Francisco; San Jose; Santa Monica; Seattle; and Washington DC.
“Mayors across the country have made infrastructure, innovation and inclusion our key focus. The OMF joins all of these priorities and will help cities better manage the public right-of-way for all citizens,” said Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia and president of the US Conference of Mayors.
In addition to cities and public agencies, the Open Mobility Foundation is founded in part by The Rockefeller Foundation philanthropy as well as micro-mobility operators Bird and Spin and technology companies such as Microsoft, Blue Systems and Stae. It is also supported by advisors such as the International Association of Public Transport, Transportation for America, MetroLabs and the NewCities Foundation.
The OMF is partnered with OASIS, a leader in the open-source and software standards industry.
Membership to the OMF is open, and interested cities and companies are encouraged to apply. To apply for membership or learn more about joining, visit Open Mobility Foundation.
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