About us

About the TravelSpirit Foundation

The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester, UK, in 2016 to provide an open framework to ensure that new integrated mobility services are universally accessible.

To successfully achieve our ambitious aims for the emerging mobility sphere – within the UK and across the globe – we set out to build a global network of transport operators, software developers, businesses, policy makers, planners and activists across the mobility and technology sectors.

Naturally, this global network is diverse, featuring a range of entities with different aims and objectives, but we are united by a shared vision for open and accessible mobility. This vision is underpinned by four core values:

  1. Universal Mobility: We believe that an integrated, connected, multi-modal transport system provides the path to sustainable and equitable transportation for all.
  1. Open Innovation: We believe in an open innovation model, that rewards sharing of information that serves others, even our competitors, and brings benefits to all.
  1. Global Community: We believe that by connecting coders, planners, activists, and policy-makers through a global network, we are better equipped to tackle the toughest mobility and transport challenges.
  1. Local Benefit: We believe that our work must be grounded in its ability to demonstrate positive change by and for local communities and regions.

TravelSpirit is championing open collaboration in the emergence of new mobility services and the evolution of an Internet of Mobility as a critical public resource for evolving Mobility as a Service and Connected & Autonomous Vehicle eco-systems.

supporting open and collaborative working

We help people working in the field of voluntary, public and private transportation to work together using open source software, permissionless blockchains, open data standards, and transparency. We connect coders, planners, activists, and policy-makers through a global network. We provide research, advocacy, event organisation and business support services.

Through open source technology, collaborative commercial partnerships, and trusted data systems, our mission is to realise both the pro-social and economic potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), creating a more resilient, sustainable, and connected world.

transparent and global

Our governance model and decision-making is balanced and inclusive. Following a “think global – act local” approach we are governed by a Global Executive Board, that guides the administration of the organisation, in collaboration with Regional Market Projects Boards, an Affiliate Partner Programme, and individual members.

setting the standard by example

TravelSpirit flagship projects demonstrate how open solutions work together to create sustainable and equitable transport for a better tomorrow. They enable us to demonstrate how projects driven locally can build a future transport system that is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

Growing our Community

We are actively recruiting partners and funders to develop and deploy the Internet of Mobility for global, accessible Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

To start on the road of building the Internet of Mobility, the TravelSpirit Foundation curates travelspirit.io, a global community resource of infrastructure, networks and code.

Global Executive Board

Chair: Simon J Herko

CEO & Director for International Affairs: Giles K Bailey

Executive Director: Beate Kubitz

EB Advisories: Alex Burrows,  Jeremy DaltonLucy Yu

Regional Board Chairs

ASEAN – Dr Pieter J Fourie

Europe – Dr Ing Stefano Mainero

North America – Crissy Ditmore

India – Yangbo Du

South Africa – Justin Coetzee