27 Jun 19

US cities join forces to govern scooters

After the scooter wars, are we approaching a scooter peace treaty? Several US cities are joining forces now to find a way to reestablish order on their streets. 

The Open Mobility Foundation will not only create a framework to reorganise the streets, but they will also improve safety and analyse the data colected by the scooters while stil protecting the privacy (of the data) of the scooter riders. 

The latter goal is in accordance with the LADOT digital tool called the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) which helps cities manage all the scooter and bike-sharing services. Based on location data from the vehicles, transportation policy can be informed and adapted, such as locating spots for bike lanes, or even enforcing riders to follow the rules of the road. The MDS system has spread to 50 cities across the globe, however mainly in the US. In addition, the MDS tool cannot only be used to manage scooters and bikes, but also to manage the micromobility device of the future. 

Various crucial cities in the US already joined the Open Mobility Foundation, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seatle and Washington DC. 

Authored by: Fien Van den steen