Open Mobility Foundation Releases Candidate for New Curb Data Specification, 2022
5 minutes Date Launched: Jan 24, 2022
Credit: Open Mobility Foundation
The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF), a transportation data governance organization, has released a candidate for the initial version of the Curb Data Specification (CDS Version 1.0). CDS is OMF’s second specification after releasing the Mobility Data Specification (MDS). MDS outlines how mobility providers and jurisdictions communicate trip, vehicle, service, and regulatory data. CDS differs in that it specifies how cities and curb users, like taxi and delivery companies, share curb regulations and exchange data. This new specification consists of three application programming interfaces (APIs): the Curbs API, the Events API, and Metrics API.
OMF’s Technology Council and Board of Directors must vote to approve CDS as a transportation data standard as a procedure in the organization’s governance process. CDS is a free and open specification; different vendors and agencies can adapt its architecture to their products and platforms. If widely adopted, this new specification can impact curb policy worldwide and the operations of different shared mobility modes, like micromobility, ridehailing, and freight. CDS might also compete with or complement similar specifications like CurbLR.