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OpenMobility Charter

Status: Draft document

November 13, 2017


The following terms are used in this document:

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Mobility is a basic human need as well as a defining part of human development. It has always been a driver for innovation and technological advancements in a variety of domains and applications. Understanding and predicting mobility and traffic induced effects is a complex task. To master this task it is key to understand the interconnected world in which the mobility of persons and goods but also of information and data shapes global trade and work commutes the same way it gives rise to new business models such as on demand car sharing or in time food delivery. The complexity and variability of traffic phenomena make simulation an unique/effective tool for designing, analyzing and evaluating traffic systems.

Vision and Goals

WHY create an OpenMobility WG?

WHAT does the OpenMobility WG do?

WHO participates in the OpenMobility WG?

How does the OpenMobility WG accomplish its goals?

By fostering and leveraging collaboration among members and ensuring the availability of the simulation framework as a platform, the OpenMobility Working Group lays the groundwork for the fulfillment of its mission.

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The objective of the OpenMobility Working Group is to develop, standardize and promote open source solutions and interfaces towards an open and modular mobility simulation framework. This framework not only includes the simulation of the movement of vehicles and people, but also covers its links to information transmission technologies and associated new business concepts, such as Mobility as a Service. At its core, the framework focuses on modeling and simulating the dynamics and interactions of all moving entities, such as cars, bicycles, pedestrians, trains, trams, ...

The OpenMobility Working Group is explicitly developing open source solutions to ensure vendor neutrality and openness for research and academia. It aims for supplying valid models which help to evaluate new mobility approaches before bringing them into action in a scientifically sound manner as well as providing an easily accessible infrastructure to model traffic scenarios.

Purpose and Scope

The Open Mobility Working Group coordinates, influences and develops open source solutions with the following focus:

  • Microscopic and Mesoscopic traffic simulation
  • Car2X communication
  • Routing
  • Testbed for autonomous driving
  • Provide the environment to model many different modes of transport
  • (modeling and simulating the dynamics of all traffic participants such as road vehicles, trams, trains, vessels, bicycles and pedestrians and the interaction between them and the infrastructure)

Intended application domains for this framework are car manufacturing / automotive industry, logistics, traffic management, ... Further target groups: consultants, public agencies, academia, …

The main purpose is to concentrate on the simulation and solution development for mobility problems on a city or regional level. While the interfacing to further tools such as single (submicroscopic) car simulators or large scale traffic demand models is highly desirable, the development of those tools is not in the focus of the group. The groups aim is to deliver validated models which can be accepted as standard tools in academic as well as industry applications. To this end the members of the group will focus not only on tool development but also on teaching and disseminating their application as well as expanding and integrating the user base.

Technical Scope / Work Areas

The OpenMobility Working group will work on the following topics and the associated projects:

  • Microsocopic Traffic Simulation
  • C2X Communication
  • ...


Steering Committee Roles and Responsibilities

The Eclipse OpenMobility Working Group will have a Steering Committee to help guide the strategy and operation of the working group. The Steering Committee will make decisions based on a simple majority vote of the committee members.

The roles and responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:

  • Provide guidance and approval of the annual Eclipse OpenMobility Group strategy, positioning and roadmap.
  • Approve the technical architecture and composition of any Eclipse OpenMobility simulator/technology that is based on the overall roadmap.
  • Coordination and recruitment of resources to accelerate key project development and integration of the Eclipse OpenMobility roadmap.
  • Coordinate Eclipse OpenMobility Working Group membership recruitment
  • Approval of any Eclipse OpenMobility documents, include technical architectures, blueprints, white papers
  • Elect a chair of the Eclipse OpenMobility Working Group
  • Define the Eclipse OpenMobility working group budget and annual fees.

Participation Guidelines - Membership

Steering Committee Member
Member Participants

Member participants are required to:

  • Be an Eclipse Foundation member at the Strategic, Enterprise or Solution level.
  • Regularly participate in the Working Group meetings.

Eclipse Foundation Associate Members may be invited by the Steering Committee to join and participate in the Working Group.



The OpenMobility Working Group uses the normal infrastructure provided to Eclipse projects, including, among others, mailing lists, forums, bug trackers, source code repositories, continuous integration servers, build servers, and web sites.

Community Building

The Eclipse Foundation will provide access to its network of developers to facilitate the community building and the dissemination of the OpenMobility innovations. The EF will use its communication channels such as its Newsletter, Twitter, or LinkedIn channels to promote key OpenMobility events and encourage its members to join and participate in the OpenMobility Working Group


Update of the charter

This charter should be updated by the Steering Committee, after a positive vote of 2/3 of the Steering Committee members.

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