DfT’s scoping study into deriving transport benefits from Big Data and IoT has just been published:

Scoping Study into Deriving Transport Benefits from Big Data and the Internet of Things in Smart Cities

The study involved an international evidence review and engagement with a range of stakeholders including: local authorities/cities, academia, data experts, industry and start-ups. The report highlights an array of opportunities in transport, including: facilitating the integration of modes and services to improve end-to-end journeys; better transport and land-use planning; new behaviour insights, better network utilisation and performance, enabling innovations such as Mobility as a Service.  However, the study draws attention to the lack of data sharing within the transport sector which is inhibiting progress – the main reasons for this include: fears around breaching privacy, security and competition laws; modal and geographical silos; lack of data standardisation; uncertainty around the value of data and a weak evidence base for the benefits; lack of transport-specific use cases; and data skill shortages. DfT is keen to work with our external stakeholders on resolving these issues.