Due to digitalization, there is a growing number of traffic and mobility data available for the cities to use world-wide. It is usually in the interest of cities to take control over this data. This is also the target of the city of Helsinki, which aims to build a data platform for traffic and mobility data, therefore supporting evidence-based decision-making and strengthening the whole ecosystem of traffic and mobility. Currently, there is plenty of mobility data but it is not as widely used as it could be.
European cities and urban environments are facing a revolution in urban mobility mainly related to the wide increase of population in cities, and today also to the recent COVID-19 pandemic . Urbanization and what we may call its “side effects” have placed urban mobility on center stage, for the consideration of governments, city transport planners, and private enterprises.
Urban mobility faces more significant long-term uncertainty and complexity generated by two main factors: the demand for growth in urban environments, the pressure and urgency for a more sustainable model, and a reduction in pollution levels, given by a global warming emergency.