Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Measuring New Mobility

The Measuring New Mobility project presents evidence-based analyses around innovative transport technologies and services, often referred to as “New Mobility”.

In 2009, Uber, the world’s first commercial ridesourcing service, launched in San Francisco. Eight years later, Bird and Lime started the first-ever commercial shared e-scooter services, also in California. By 2022, ridesourcing and shared micromobility had become a common sight in many cities of the world.

Understanding these and other trends in urban mobility requires reliable data. Data can provide information about user behaviour and vehicle fleets that public authorities need to determine if, where and how they should intervene in the emerging new mobility market to ensure the best possible outcomes for citizens.

Collecting relevant data requires unambiguous, pertinent and robust definitions – which currently do not exist for most of what is considered “New Mobility”. Classifying new vehicles and services, identifying policy-relevant metrics and finding ways to collect comparable and continuous data on these new mobility services are thus central for tracking relevant trends and informing policy decisions with regard to New Mobility.

The Measuring New Mobility project explores ways to define and measure new forms of mobility services. It focuses on the role of public-private collaboration for understanding and measuring New Mobility.