A "digital commons" for the street
New digital tools have the potential to radically improve the efficiency, affordability, and
inclusiveness of our transport system, but success depends on cooperation between the
cities that build and manage our streets and the companies and transport services that use them.
As new transportation technologies emerge, cities need access to increasingly privatized
data about public infrastructure. While private sector innovators are collecting detailed,
street-level data in real time on everything from traffic speeds to transit use, cities don’t
have the access they need. Clearly a new partnership model is needed.
SharedStreets is building a “digital commons” for streets: a universal language for
communicating information about city streets, and a launching pad for public-private
collaboration and data exchange.
Universal Data Standards
The platform allows parties to connect their own data workflows and systems and take advantage of a growing range of new data sources. SharedStreets data standards facilitate public and private collaboration through a non-proprietary system for describing streets.
Trusted Third Party Data Exchange
Shared digital infrastructure lets cities use standardized practices to ensure user and business privacy. It also uses best-in-practice reusable licensing models to support public and commercial data sharing agreements.
Cities around the world are working towards a vision of zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries but they lack sufficient information about what’s actually happening on their streets. In collaboration with Zendrive, SharedStreets is developing data standards and analysis tools monitor where unsafe driver behaviors such as speeding, hard braking and rapid acceleration actually occur.
This analysis tool, using data derived from telematics sensors that are increasingly common in for-hire and fleet vehicles, identifies opportunities for street design interventions before crashes happen, and measures the safety benefits cities can see as a result.
Parking + Curb
As new freight and mobility providers proliferate, the curb is becoming the most contested part of the street, but cities lack the tools to maintain accurate digital inventories of these spaces. SharedStreets is building data standards for curb space allowing cities to better manage their curb space, resulting in reduced idling and circling vehicles, and laying the foundation for new pricing and dynamic regulatory strategies.
Transit + Streets
Transit operators have developed increasingly sophisticated methods to monitor how their own vehicles are operating, but existing methods don’t capture the larger context of the street, or how transit interacts and competes with private vehicles.
SharedStreets’ transit data standard will merge traffic volumes, speeds and other metrics to existing transit data to better inform cities’ transit investments and congestion management strategies, maximize streets’ capacity to get people where they need to go, and improve the transit rider experience for riders.