As transport grows increasingly ‘smart’, the role of data is becoming more pivotal. It’s no longer an adjunct to services or a ‘good way of keeping tabs’ on them, it’s central to the creation and operation of infrastructure, from roads to railways, and the services that run on them.
Data enables people to plan journeys and also allows operators and agencies to measure use, make forecasts and perform analysis.
It’s also vast and complex – the massive amounts of data about people using transport, transport infrastructure and transport systems and services often interacts.
New data and new types of data emerge from transport use, shifting from one category to the next.