Oral Evidence: UK Transport Committee Inquiry into Mobility as a Service
5 March 2018, Portcullis House, UK Houses of Parliament
This was a 2 hour engaging dialogue between the Transport Committee and expert panel members, Paul Campion, Chief Executive, Transport Systems Catapult, Si Ho, Global Chair of the TravelSpirit Foundation, Professor Maria Kamargianni, Head of Urban and Energy Lab, UCL Energy Institute and TravelSpirit UK Board member, and Piia Karjalainen, Senior Manager, MaaS Alliance. The session was chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham, supported by commitee members Paul Girvan MP for County Antrim, Graham Morris MP for Easington, Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth, Graham Stringer MP for Greater Manchester and Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes.
The oral evidence covered definitions of MaaS, comparisons with the activities of tech companies such as Uber and Google, what economic and environmental benefits it could bring to the UK, barriers to implementation and the differences between a open and closed MaaS system, what role central government could/should play and to what extent MaaS was relevant outside the London capital and the potential for unintended consequences, including exclusion of vulnerable groups. TravelSpirit championed the role of government to leading on a new “Open Mobility” framework that focussed on interoperability and customer data portability and to consider on the positive benefits MaaS could bring to young people and air quality issues in the UK regions outside of London.
2nd Annual Conference: Openness and Mobility as a Service
26 September 2017, The Atrium, London NW1
This was an exciting conference showcasing practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in the UK. It attracted a wide spectrum of people commissioning, developing and advising on new mobility and MaaS programmes exchanging experiences and views.
The programme was framed around policy and strategy and looked at the principles of openness and practical case studies to demonstrate when, how and why to apply it.
By 2050 at least 70 percent of the global population will live in cities and urban traffic will have tripled. We need to develop smart and resilient cities for the future with more efficient traffic infrastructures, ensuring people are at the heart of city development. Technology has the potential to improve quality of life and the digital revolution is transforming mobility through demand-led services.
Cars. Buses. Trains. Trams. Tubes. If you think we have reached the limit of how we move around our cities, think again.
TransforMOTION is racing towards us. And we are counting down to a day packed with innovative exhibitions, inspiring talks from industry leaders, and the chance to network with technology and transport in uencers from around the world.
We will be tapping into the brain of robotics, hearing from the women of the future, challenging mobility in cities and more.
For transforMOTION Bosch invites the public to gain a glimpse of the future through a series of installations, talks, technology showcases and hands-on activities.
Click here for our public event website and here for the agenda. It is a free event open to the public. Contact us if you are planning to come!
17th – 19th March 2017: Manchester. TravelSpirit Hackout
This event brought together passionate developers, digital artists, IoT experts and business savvy professionals, interested in the future space of ‘Mobility as a Service’, and want to be part of delivering this at scale, through open collaboration. Working with the UITP to bring about a global programme of city specific open source challenges. The hackout sends its winner to compete at a global hack in May 2017 UITP conference in Montréal, Canada
Friday 17th March 2017: Manchester. MaaS Reloaded
A business network event to punch through rhetoric and preconceptions about what MaaS is and what it can be. We invite you to join the conversations, ask tough questions, be ambitious and think globally about how we can truly transform mobility, not in one city, but for every person in every corner of the world.
Tuesday 27th September, Paris. Open Source Asset Build.
A Technical solutions event, organised by our partners, FabMob.
Wednesday 21st September 2016, Birmingham. MaaS conference.
MaaS networking event, put on by our colleagues, the Transport Systems Catapult – a conference with TravelSpirit ‘headlining and championing’, with an emphasis on getting more Local Authorities educated and on board!
Friday 16th September 2016: London. Community Design Workshop Stage 2 (deep dive).
Hosted at the Geovation Hub in the Future City Catapult’s Urban Innovation Centre teased out and further defined the problem areas associated with Mobility as a Service. The outcome of the workshop informed our TravelSpirit Hackout event in Manchester and guided the development of our core values, and subsequent white papers on Openness.
Tuesday 6th September 2016: Hebden Bridge, Open Smart Cities @ Wuthering Bytes
We formally launched our new organisation at our 1st Annual Conference: Community Design Workshop, at Alliance Manchester Business School, UK.
The day set off with a flying start with a key note talk from the “father of Mobility as a Service”, Sampo Hietanen, followed by an inspirational talk by Gabriel Plassat, of FabMob and then a scene setting run-through of TravelSpirit by our CEO, Alex Burrows. Lucy Yu, Mobility as a Service lead for the UK government led an expert panel on ‘overcoming the barriers to innovation in transportation’ and Alison Pilling provided an insightful talk around the £150m Transport for the North Smart Ticketing Programme.