Detroit chosen as pilot city for dockless shared mobility data

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CityLab Detroit kicked off with a big announcement from Mayor Mike Duggan and Janette Sadik-Khan, principal at Bloomberg Associates and chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Detroit will be the home for a pilot mobility data project with the goal of creating a standard for cities and mobility companies to collect data—via trip origins and destinations, travel time and usage, and neighborhood usage—all while protecting privacy, creating more manageable streets, and moving toward more equity in mobility.

Among other things Detroit is exploring: How to connect the city's streetlights to smart-phone applications to capture data on, say, traffic usage or traffic jams. Duggan said many companies nationally are working on such apps and the city is speaking with them.

This annoucement is a huge win for electric scooter/bike fans, as a push for standard regulations and shared knowledge will allow for a less "wild-west-like" on-the-go mobility economy. Detroit has given Bird, Lime, and other companies with a more positive welcoming than other cities (Mayor Duggan is a huge fan), so it is no surprise that Detroit will be used to collect data and create the future of mobility.

What do you guys think of this? Does this solve all of the problems other critics have had for these cities or are things left to be addressed? Who are the stakeholders? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.