Open Source & The Transportation Revolution
Open source software has been a key component of the technology ecosystem for decades.
Open source software has been a key component of the technology ecosystem for decades, helping bring benefits to enterprises and consumers alike. Historically, businesses have turned to open source software because it is less expensive, more flexible, and provides access to the latest innovations.
But open source also enables accelerated innovation. At a time when cities are moving rapidly to stay in-step with the dramatic rate of change spurred by private industry, they seek new ways to become more agile. Many cities also recognize this growing need for common interfaces, tools, and practices to better manage all forms of transportation and support the widest range of transportation technology providers.
Valuable open source tools continue to gain widespread adoption - the GTFS specification has been adopted by more than 1,000 transit agencies over the last decade, and the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), now used by over 70 cities. We understand that cities need more tools to manage the multitude of transportation options showing up on streets today; and to prepare for how surface, air, and subterranean modes will evolve in the future.
Lacuna enables cities to take full advantage of the inherent benefits of open source software - lower costs, high performance, and avoidance of vendor lock-in - while helping them achieve key standards around security, systems compatibility, uptime, and stability that are critical when managing the complex infrastructure for which transportation agencies responsible.