The changing world of transportation has led to a new SAE Standard. Though the Standard has a long name its goal is defining the new transportation economy. It was developed by SAE, a global association that consists of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE has published the first global standard on shared mobility: J3163 or Taxonomy Definitions for Terms Related to Shared Mobility and Enabling Technologies. This has been in the works since 2017 and was issued in September of this year, its main goal is to create clear definitions since so many are already available to make it easily understood.
The new standard defines travel modes such as ridesharing, bike and scooter sharing, car-sharing, ride-sourcing and alternative transportation services. It also defines software applications such as trip aggregator apps and real time info applications.
Definitions for various services models such as peer-to-peer services, member-based models and for-hire services models are included as well. Operational and business models are also explained. The Standard also explains how the term “ridesharing” is misused and when it should and should not be used.
Standards of definition are often the first step in developing future standards for the areas defined. The complete list of the terms included can be found on the SAE International website.