Digital Europe Programme explained: the data space for mobility

02.12.2021

As part of the Digital Europe Programme, the European Commission aims to set up common European Data Spaces. These data spaces will each have a specific sectoral focus. In a series of news pieces, we will showcase each of those sectoral data spaces. In this article, we dive into the data space for mobility.

In general, the data spaces will connect currently fragmented and dispersed data from various ecosystems, from the private and public sectors. They will offer an interoperable, trusted IT environment for data processing, and a set of rules of legislative, administrative, and contractual nature that determine the rights of access to and processing of the data.

The data space for mobility is designed to support sustainable urban mobility, in terms of planning and management by:

  • making data available and accessible in a machine-readable format to create indicators for measuring sustainable urban mobility. This includes greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, commuting travel times, and modal split,
  • making traffic and travel information at the urban-level available and accessible.

Having a dedicated environment in place to share this information will enable the public sector and businesses to access a larger pool of high-quality data on urban mobility. With this data space, the Commission encourages cities and public transport authorities to make use of compiled data and identify deficiency areas where additional action may be required, but also to track progress towards set policy goals, and to evaluate the effectiveness and overall impact of urban mobility policies.

Though there are benefits for all actors in this data space, the benefit for industry, particularly for SMEs, will be most pronounced. For them specifically, larger sets of data help broaden their offers in terms of products and services. In addition, the data space for mobility will make it easier to monitor and measure the change of emissions, and ultimately get an understanding of the effect on the environment.

Curious to learn more? Access the Digital Europe Programme

Stay tuned for the next news piece on the data space for manufacturing.

Digital Europe Programme explained: the data space for mobility
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