LADOT to suspend Uber scooters, bikes as data-sharing lawsuit looms

Dive Brief:
A months-long struggle came to a head on Monday when Uber sent a letter of intent to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) threatening a lawsuit to protect its dockless bike and e-scooter data (under the Jump brand). Despite intentions to file a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, that action had not yet been taken as of Wednesday morning, Uber confirmed with Smart Cities Dive.

Last week, LADOT notified Uber that it was not in compliance with the agency’s requirement that mobility companies report certain trip data via the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), as mandated in their one-year operating permits. LADOT said in an emailed statement that Uber is the only operator that has”repeatedly refused” to comply. Uber says the city’s mandate violates its customers’ privacy.