Effective data sharing is critical to establishing the UK as the global leader in integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems – what we call Intelligent Mobility (IM), estimated to be worth £900bn per annum globally by 2025.
Sharing data in the transport sector and combining it with data from other sectors, is key to delivering the Transport System Catapult’s mission of enabling new and innovative mobility solutions to be developed in the UK that will play a leading role in tackling some of our biggest challenges from uneven economic development, a growing and ageing population and the depletion of traditional energy sources.
Working with Deloitte and the Open Data Institute, we have found access to data across the industry to be limited. Organisations are dissuaded from sharing data due to significant actual and perceived risks, high costs and closed cultures. Allowing these barriers to persist means the UK will fail to secure the full benefits of new mobility solutions and not develop a strong presence in an exciting, global sector.
This Briefing Paper on data sharing which puts forward our recommendations on how government can support the industry to address these challenges from today. We have discussed these recommendations with a diverse range of stakeholders and are confident they can accelerate and enhance existing industry-led initiatives to shift incentives across the sector from not sharing data towards sharing by default.
This is a call to action. Together, government, industry and the wider IM community can work to create an environment where organisations are able to safely and securely share data in a way that respects privacy and which unlocks substantial economic, social and environmental benefits for the UK.