What is MDS?

October 18, 2021 – The Mobility Data Specification (MDS) is a shared language and technical standard between cities and Shared Mobility Operators to share private data. Over 130+ cities use this to share data related to electric bikes, scooters, mopeds, and other modes of transportation. 

The sharing economy has promoted new modes of electric transit to catch up with cities like the LA Department of Transportation led the charge with a steward that could help them use data to create better policies to monitor operations. Cities are places where citizens move around taking various modes of public and private transportations. 

How does It work?

A shared language for Mobility Data that is specified under a standardized data sharing via an Application Program Interface (API). 

  • Provider – allows private mobility companies to report data to cities, number, location, status, and ride history.

  • Policy – rules for how and where vehicles can operate by fleet size, and other high-level initiatives.

  • Agency – allows real-time updates and collaboration between city officials and providers.

How’s it used?

The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) is a foundation that creates a governance structure around open-source mobility tools of public sector leaders that have come together to promote better standards.

The OMF governs and updates the Mobility Data Specification (MDS). OMF was founded in 2019 and here are the organizations they work with by type.

DataGovs Involvement

At DataGovs, we monitor and verify compliance across data standards. Open standards like Mobility Data Specifications are key drivers to move industries like Light Electric Vehicles forward. This is why we as a vendor support an out-the-box compliance service for Organizations.  

DataGovs Inc contributes to the Open Mobility Foundation’s MDS Mobility Compliance app for Mobile. Our MDS Compliance Monitoring supports cities like Miami in governing data-sharing.

Use DataGovs for MDS Monitoring

For Operators and Cities, we support MDS Monitoring in a public and private feed to ensure regulatory compliance as well as add-on services.