Cities for Open Mobility: Helsinki – the open data law

The pioneering initiative enabling the first Mobility as a Service trials in Helsinki can be found in Finland’s progressive new Transport Code, which sets out to create a regulatory environment which makes open data from transport operators mandatory. 

All transport providers are required to provide access via open APIs to information on timetables, routes, ticket prices as well as real-time location data. The legislation entered into force on 1 July 2018.

With this, the Finnish government set regulatory conditions to boost the implementation of new technology and business concepts. The Act is part of the more comprehensive Transport Code project and represents a step forward in Finland’s vision of providing “Mobility as a Service” and creating a digital future for mobility that relies on the interoperability of data and open interfaces.

This has supported numerous innovations –spearheaded by Finnish startup, MaaS Global, in Helsinki.