Voluntary data sharing and integration into multimodal platforms
The European Commission's plan to create common European data spaces, including in the mobility sector, has the potential to foster more cooperation between the public and private mobility sectors. A common EU Mobility Data space would serve as a pool of jointly agreed principles and standards, in which data-owners an dpotential buyers would freely negotate terms and eventually conclude a conctract.
The sharing of mobility data with local authorities can bring significant benefits for local transport systems, and is therefore supported by Move EU. We believe that a key principle for data sharing in this regard should be reciprocity. Reciprocity of Business-to-Business (B2B) as well as Business-to-Government (B2G) data sharing will unlock the potential of businesses to access data that is critical for research and innovation, contributing to the competitiveness of European businesses.
The European Commission also noted that facilitating such access is in line with longstanding EU policy since the adoption of the PSI Directive (2003/98/EC). The sharing of data should be established on a contractual basis, defining clear responsibilities and access rights, leading to reciprocal benefits that ultimately strengthen MaaS platforms.
Many new mobility services are very young companies. As such, these companies strive for a service that is as good as possible for passengers, and rely on the direct contact with their clients. While we support the MaaS principles, these companies should consequently not be obliged to integrate into multimodal platforms, including for “ticketing”, and any potential integration or aggregation of services must guarantee the quality of the service towards consumers and service providers.