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Mobility Project


The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how people travel and reducing the impact of human movement on the planet though innovations such as mobility as a service (MaaS). Yet many emerging solutions remain siloed, with little collaboration among operators or between the public and private sectors. That’s especially true in the crucial field of mobility data, although the same could be said of other sectors as well


By developing a framework to promote the exchange of mobility-related data among companies and between governments and businesses, we can help unlock the potential of technology to address increasingly urgent social challenges, such as urbanization, aging and climate change.


In the past two years, we have nurtured a mobility community in Japan that includes 60+ organizations, organized webinars and other knowledge exchanges, and counseled local governments on sustainable mobility. In the next two years, we aim to:

  • Identify a set of usable mobility data and design schemes for accelerated data use (including defining “common data” for public use vs “private data” for private use/licensed use), in cooperation with local-government partners, to harness the potential of mobility data to improve economic and environmental sustainability
  • Formulate a globally applicable data-sharing scheme through collaboration with Centres in Israel and India, and other related Forum teams (e.g., DCPI, GSCA/smart cities, and GNMC)

This project is part of the Forum platform “Shaping the Future of Mobility.”

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