The objective is to contribute to the further development of the common European mobility data space announced in the Data Strategy and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, built and operated in full compliance with existing EU legislation in the mobility and transport sectors.
The specific aim is to support the creation and deployment through real-life implementation projects of a technical infrastructure combined with governance mechanisms that will facilitate easy access to and sharing of key data resources in this area, including across borders. This will be based on and in full alignment with existing and upcoming mobility and transport initiatives (some of which are regulated) that organise the sharing of data for both passengers and freight in the domains and become an integral part of the emerging European data and cloud services infrastructure.
The project(s) will contribute to the development of innovative services and applications and support policymaking by helping make available, share and reuse data for sustainable urban mobility indicators (SUMI) and for traffic and travel information in urban and regional areas..
The awarded project(s) will deploy an operational data space allowing participants to make data available and accessible in a machine-readable format, and to share data in a controlled, simple and secure way. This will allow building a large amount of accurate and reliable data that could be used inter alia for artificial intelligence. Where relevant, projects should make data accessible via the National Access Points and reuse existing data already accessible on the National Access Points. The project(s) will have to address the two following areas:
- support sustainable urban mobility planning and management and enable innovative services and applications by making available and accessible in machine-readable format data for EU sustainable urban mobility indicators, such as greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, road safety, commuting travel times and modal split in line with the EU definition and methodology.
- make traffic and travel information at urban level available and accessible in a machine-readable format, in line with the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive 2010/40/EU and in particular the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/962 on real-time traffic information services (and the revised version 2022/670 which will apply from 2025) and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1926 on multimodal travel information services (and its revision that is planned to be adopted in 2023).
Activities should primarily focus on the real-world deployment of data space building blocks through use cases based on mobility data sharing. They can be accompanied by activities related the digitalisation of processes in order to implement data space building blocks, make data available for the use cases and make sure that future updates are made digitally.
Project(s) will have to demonstrate a clear European dimension and should involve at least cities or regions in three different eligible countries (i.e. Member States or Associated countries) sharing common objectives.
In case several projects are selected, projects will have to closely align with each other and rely on coherent approaches. They will need to take into account the work of the preparatory action for the data space for mobility under the first call of DIGITAL2 and use as much as possible the common building blocks identified by this action. During the duration of this preparatory action, the project(s) will need to actively liaise with it to ensure alignment, notably regarding the work on the common building blocks. The action should help maintain and upgrade common European mobility data space building blocks, notably to reflect the lessons learnt from the supported use cases and ensure their operation and sustainability beyond the end of the action.
The project(s) will also have to fully comply with the European Data Spaces Technical Framework. They can profit from and use the smart middleware platform and tools that will be developed under topic 2.1.1. of the DIGITAL Work Programme 2021-2022. They will also have to coordinate and collaborate with other projects participating in the deployment of sectoral data spaces and the Data Spaces Support Centre in order to allow integration of existing standards and to ensure interoperability and portability across infrastructure, applications and data.
OUTCOMES AND DELIVERABLES
The project(s) will have to deliver the following outputs:
- Deployment through use cases of soft technical infrastructure and governance mechanisms facilitating the access to and sharing of mobility and transport data in a simple, secure and controlled way.
- Facilitating access to a larger amount of accurate and reliable data in machinereadable format in the following areas: (i) data for EU sustainable urban mobility indicators and (ii) traffic and travel information at urban level, and ensure a strategy and adequate means are in place so that data is updated throughout its life cycle after the project ends.
- Development of a European ecosystem of data providers and users adopting and making use of common building blocks to share data, including both public (e.g. cities, public transport authorities, regions) and private actors (e.g. transport providers, SMEs, manufacturers, digital service providers) in at least 3 European countries.
The project(s) will contribute to the following outcomes:
- Digitised processes and improved decision-making for cities and public transport authorities making use of shared data, for example to track progress towards set policy goals, to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of urban mobility policies, and to identify areas where additional action may be required.
- Development of new or improved applications, services, products, processes by industry, in particular SMEs, supported by viable business models, due to increased access to and sharing of transport and mobility data.
- Increased environmental performance, notably due to improved monitoring and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and to the development of more sustainable mobility and transport services.
- Reinforced data sovereignty in the mobility and transport sector by ensuring that data exchange takes place within a framework of trust and transparency, where collaboration creates the foundation within which self-determined exchange of data can take place thanks to an open framework driven by European actors.
The project(s) should contribute to climate objectives and collect evidence on their
contribution to these objectives.
KPIs TO MEASURE OUTCOMES AND DELIVERABLES
Maturity, reliability and security of the common technical infrastructure
building blocks deployed;
- Amount and types of data made available in machine-readable format thanks to the deployment project(s);
- Adoption of the common technical infrastructure and governance mechanisms by different types of participants (e.g. cities, public transport authorities, mobility service providers, SMEs) across the European Union;
- Services, products and processes developed or improved due to the use of the common European mobility data space;
- Net gains in environmental performance enabled by the common European mobility data space deployment project(s).
The consortium should involve both data providers and mobility data users, both public and private. It should include at least cities or regions in three different eligible countries (i.e. Member States or Associated countries) and business(es) in the mobility and transport sector.
TYPE OF ACTION AND FUNDING RATE
Simple grants - 50% funding rate.
SPECIFIC TOPIC CONDITIONS
For this topic, security restrictions under Article 12(6) of the Digital Europe Regulation apply (see sections 6 and 10 and Annex 2)
- For this topic, multi-beneficiary applications are mandatory and specific conditions for the consortium composition apply (see section 6)
- For this topic, following reimbursement option for equipment costs applies: depreciation and full cost for listed equipment (see section 10)
- The following parts of the award criteria in section 9 are exceptionally NOT applicable for this topic:
- extent to which the project would reinforce and secure the digital technology supply chain in the Union
- extent to which the proposal can overcome financial obstacles such as the lack of market finance