The »Mobility Data Space« Project initiates the building of a national mobility data ecosystem. To this end, the Mobilitäts Daten Marktplatz (Mobility Market Place, MDM) of the Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (Federal Highway Research Institute, BASt) will be connected to additional regional platforms for transportation data platforms. This way, regional data can be both provided and exploited on a national level. The project receives a total of 3 million Euros from the Förderrichtline Modernitätsfonds (mFUND) funding program established by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). By expanding the data platforms with the help of data space concepts, it will be possible for the first time to safely and independently provide and process mobility data while data sovereignty remains with the data providers. Due to this fact, the platforms will gain a higher level of trust and become more attractive as a data provision option. Another aim of the project is to acquire new regional traffic data and nation-wide mobility data from vehicle fleets and mobile networks, and to provide this data on the platforms for safe processing.
Fraunhofer will contribute their experience in the field of mobility data and platforms to the project, as well as their expertise on the Industrial Data Space. Furthermore, they will support their partners in developing and improving data platforms and data products. It is planned to distribute the Mobility Data Space via the international Data Spaces Association, in which over 100 members from science and economy work on topics concerning the application of data space concepts.
On August 28, 2019, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft invited the project partners and their funding bodies to the Fraunhofer Institute Center Birlinghoven in St. Augustin for the official project kick-off, which was held under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI.
About mFUND by the BMVI:
Since 2016, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has been funding R&D projects related to digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0 with a research initiative called mFUND. mFUND not only provides financial assistance but, with different event formats, it fosters networking between stakeholders from the political sphere, as well as the business and the research communities. It also promotes access to the mCLOUD data portal. You can find more information at https://www.bmvi.de/EN/Topics/Digital-Matters/mFund/mFund.html.