11 October 2019
Startup exports scooter management system to cities
A startup named Lacuna has picked up where the developers of the mobility data specification system developed by Los Angeles to manage the influx of light mobility services recently landed on in its streets. Lacuna aids cities interested in taking the opensource data management system (MDS) into use in their own city management operations by creating tailored solutions for the city authorities. MDS, originally developed for Los Angeles’s Department of Transportation by the former chief technologist at Ford to enable city authorities to more flexible and easily manage new mobility solutions such as electric scooters and bicycles has now been exported to several other cities. The evolution of mobility sees a growing need for management such as that provided by the MDS with the integration of autonomous vehicles and delivery services which are taking to the air in the form of drones.
The Verge’s reporting on the MDS expansion
For more on the development of MDS see Slate’s history