Play 4 – Strategy 4.2
Facilitate trusted data flows between connected vehicles, sensor infrastructure, personal devices, and community digital devices
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The future of urban, data-driven mobility depends on government, private mobility companies, and the public having confidence that their data is being used in the way it’s intended. Automated vehicles (AVs) will create new real-time data connections between vehicles, infrastructure, connected devices, and third party data repositories. In a future of constant data flows, we will need to separate petabytes of data noise from data that is necessary to manage the right of way.

We are taking a proactive approach to gather, store, and unlock the value of AV-generated data. Data collection, storage, and privacy controls will be central to our work. New sensor systems will continue to collect vital data for City street management. We will establish robust requirements around data security and cybersecurity to ensure individual privacy is maintained and critical systems are secure. We will collaborate with our regional partners to build the capacity needed to store, process, and analyze large data sets. We will also increase our broadband capabilities to ensure data flows in real-time and latency is limited.

Our public transit investments have the most to gain from emerging mobility innovations and Internet of Things data flows. Coupled with our Move Seattle-funded transit speed and reliability corridor investments, real-time data can reduce transit travel times and significantly improve the passenger experience. We will leverage our data and right of way resources to ensure transit is reliable and responsive to customer demands. Real-time routing, vehicle tracking, transit loads, and shared mobility availability will vastly improve how we operate the public right of way, and enhance the consumer experience navigating our transportation network.


First Moves
  • Work with regional and national partners to establish a neutral trusted data platform that houses data from new mobility service providers, sensors, and other data sources, automates data analytics, and enables predictive analytics
  • Establish a permit process that allows sensor infrastructure providers to expand the network of sensors at intersections and multiply vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications citywide
Further Actions
  • Work with Seattle IT and the University of Washington to establish data handling and privacy standards for all automated vehicles and service models to access the trusted data platform, Mobility as a Service platforms ( Strategy 4.4), and connected infrastructure
  • Work with regional partners to share and integrate real- time data feeds, data analytics, and other data sets into the trusted data platform
  • Push parking information into trip planning apps so that people see parking costs and availability before they drive