How a European project is taking mobility data back from Google

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The Opticities project has brought together the cities of Lyon, Birmingham, Gothenburg, Madrid, Turin and Wroclaw with 19 other partners (technology suppliers, car manufacturers, research labs and industry networks) to test cutting edge intelligent transport system solutions that can be replicated across Europe.

The project is being led by the French city of Lyon and its deputy head of urban mobility service Jean Coldefy, who said: "We need standards and should not leave open data to Google. We need to create a business model rather than let Google take all the data and then sell it back to us. We want to encourage start-ups and SMEs. In France, we want to create a new business model with the private sector. There is a crisis in public funding that will last decades and we need to fill that gap".

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How a European project is taking mobility data back from Google