New partnership to foster an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service

TravelSpirit Foundation and MaaS Alliance have formed a partnership to undertake collaborative work of technologists, operators, and innovators to develop an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently, TravelSpirit and MaaS Alliance will share knowledge and best practices on enabling the development of open source technologies, including blockchain, that will underpin MaaS, and empowering the communities that deliver them.

The two organisations will also collaborate on thought leadership in this field, building upon the industry-leading work of both parties. They are also looking to empower and bring together a global community of MaaS implementers, which will be unique in its ambition.

Both organisations are already established as thought leaders in MaaS. TravelSpirit Foundation has built a global network of activists, innovators, technologists, policy makers, and mobility providers. TravelSpirit is a leading organisation in championing an Open Internet of Mobility, and advocating transformative technologies such as blockchain on transportation business models and infrastructure. Its recent publications include papers on blockchain-enabled Decentralised MaaS (with Transport Systems Catapult) and on the TSio Protocol (with Iconic Blockchain).

“TravelSpirit has stated from the start that the new world of Mobility as a Service needs to be open if it is to reach its potential.” Giles Bailey, CEO of TravelSpirit said. “Signing this partnership agreement with the MaaS Alliance is a real boost in facilitating the collaboration needed to make this happen. I look forward to working with them!”

“The MaaS Alliance will collaborate with TravelSpirit to create a well-functioning basis for the MaaS ecosystem and preconditions for fast and wide roll-out of Mobility as a Service. The partnership very much supports the goals of the MaaS Alliance, and I anticipate that this collaboration will be widely beneficial for everyone involved” said Jacob Bangsgaard, the President of the MaaS Alliance.

For more information contact:

Beate Kubitz: beate.kubitz@travelspirit.io | +44 (0) 7974 369240

Notes

The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester, UK, in 2016 to provide an open framework to ensure that new integrated mobility services are environmentally sound, socially useful and universally accessible. Our vision is underpinned by four core values of universality, open innovation, global community and local benefit.

The Open Internet of Mobility (IoM) is a framework for enabling MaaS integration for all mobility service providers and users anywhere in the world, opening the mobility service marketplace, democratising access between users and service providers, and integrating new mobility services with existing transport infrastructure. The IoM framework will help realise the full social and economic benefits of transport-technology, such as MaaS Apps, Autonomous Vehicles, 5G connectivity and Blockchain.

Transport Blockchain Protocol Announces Information Event

Transport blockchain protocol, TSio Protocol, will launch its white paper at an information event held by London based solicitors, Mills and Reeve, on 28 February, 1200-1500.

The event will outline the TSio Protocol approach to blockchain-enabled secure, transparent and efficient integration of multiple transport operators, and the opportunities this will provide.

The TSio Protocol will provide fair and open market access with smart contract mechanisms in order to enforce agreements between the travelling consumer and transport provider.

Si Ho (Founder of TSio Protocol and Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation)

The event will showcase the framework set up by the partners in the project and invite participation and support from the wider transport community.

Blockchain, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies are now stepping towards a level of maturity ready to offer the transport industry, in combination with existing Web technologies, a universal, secure and scalable platform.

Sir Nic Cary  (Chair of TravelSpirit UK)

TSio Community members include early adopters MyDex, an identity and consent management platform, MyLoop, a wearable technology for public transit and GoMetro, a private shuttle service and public transit planning platform.

Without efficient, secure and convenient universal interoperability, that can provide transport consumers a single mobility account, we believe the integrated transport market opportunity is unlikely to reach what should be its full potential.

Justin Coetzee (CEO – GoMetro)

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For more information about TSio Protocol visit TSio

TravelSpirit submits evidence on MaaS to UK Parliament

TravelSpirit recommends openness in written evidence to the UK Transport Committee.

TravelSpirit submitted evidence to the Transport Committee call for evidence on Mobility as a Service last month recommending that the Committee seeks the most open implementation of MaaS possible. Only this approach will accrue the broadest economic and social benefits and ensure access for all, so that those living in rural areas, the disabled, the elderly and the poorest in society — are protected from narrow, self-interest service implementations.

Whilst there are competing definitions of exactly what MaaS comprises, Travelspirit sees that, regardless of what the end state of MaaS looks like, it needs to be based on values of:

  •         Universality, where integrated and connected systems provide a path to sustainable and equitable transport;
  •         Open innovation that rewards sharing information and solutions, to everyone’s benefit;
  •         Global community working to tackle mobility and transport challenges;
  •         Local benefit where positive change is demonstrated at a community level.

In a similar way to the development of the current internet – which would not have been possible without openness in the coding and protocols underpinning it – MaaS requires openness in both technical implementation and business models to allow interoperability, be trustworthy for its participants, and reduce costs and network latency for providers.

Whilst there is significant economic potential from MaaS, with some studies estimating the global market opportunity being up to $1 trillion by 2030, government needs to ensure that an ethos of social and community benefits are embedded within the UK approach to MaaS and its delivery.

Full submission

More about the Transport Committee Inquiry into MaaS

 

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Assessing Openness and Maturity in MaaS – our index developed in conjunction with UCL MaasLab

In 2017 TravelSpirit developed an index to asses transport networks’ openness as they move towards Mobility as a Service. This index has been further developed by Richard Goulding at the UCL MaaSLab to assess the readiness of metropolitan areas for the implementation of MaaS systems.

Various characteristics which affect the likelihood of a successful MaaS implementation are assessed to determine an aggregate score showing how ready a city is to implement MaaS.

The calculator can be used to demonstrate what improvements are needed to make a city ready for MaaS. Scores can be compared across cities, showing 
where MaaS providers could have the greatest impact.

Below is a summary of the index to download.

MaaS Maturity Index

For further information email info@travelspirit.io.

Join us at the Manchester Blockchain Conference 2017

“Any new technology creates challenges, but with the right mix of leadership, collaboration and sound governance, distributed ledgers could yield significant benefits for the UK.” – Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser

With potential applications ranging from fraud prevention to processing passport applications, some experts believe blockchain could be a disruptive technology to rival the internet and the printing press. Through the use of distributed digital ledgers, blockchain would allow the public sector to greatly improve the way it protects and shares sensitive data. By embracing blockchain and becoming early adopters, organisations could drive efficiencies, reduce waste and improve transparency.

Join us at the Manchester Blockchain Conference 2017, thanks to TravelSpirit members, Salford University, where leading experts will explain how technology based on distributed ledgers will shape the future of services. Anticipate the benefits and limitations of adopting blockchain, understand how public sector leaders can facilitate early adoption and see how this new technology could revolutionise everything from voting to taxation.

Visit for the full agenda http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/blockchain-conference

Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017

MKArena, Milton Keynes, 19-20 Oct

Practical Applications of Intelligent Mobility for Sustainable Towns and Cities

Smarter Travel Live! is one of the highlights of the packed 2017 innovative mobility calendar. TravelSpirit is very much on the agenda. Dr Maria Kamargianni, UCL MaaSLab, will be chairing the session on MaaS in practice, with Chris Lane from TfWM speaking about the development of Whim in the West Midlands.

Book now!

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Sponsored by: ATKINS | Innovate UK | SYSTRA | TS Catapult

What’s on:

  • Street of the Future Exhibition – a live indoor demo of the latest products that will showcase the future of intelligent transport and street design. See more here.
  • Project Showcase – discover the Smart Mobility projects that are driving progress across the UK and Europe through 80 ‘bar table’ presentations. See more here.
  • Speakers – Over one hundred expert speakers to be announced over the coming weeks (see programme). Keynotes include:
  • David Bragden, Chief Executive, NYC Transit Center
  • Ian Meikle, Director of Infrastructure, Innovate UK
  • Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, DfT
  • Paul Campion, CEO, Transport Systems Catapult
  • Geoff Snelson, Strategy Director, Milton Keynes Council
  • Stan Boland, CEO, FiveAI
  • Karine Dognin-Sauze, Vice President, Lyon Metropolis
  • Iain Forbes, Head, Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
  • Philippe Crist, Project Manager, International Transport Forum at OECD

Agenda:

  • Mobility as a Service
  • Intelligent Mobility
  • Accessibility & Integration
  • Customer Experience
  • Data and Applications
  • Smart Ticketing
  • Walking & Cycling
  • Cyber Security
  • EVs and EV Infrastructure
  • Air Quality, Safety and Healthy Streets

PROGRAMME | SPEAKERS | EXHIBITION | TICKETS

 

Whitepaper 4: Will everyone benefit from MaaS?

Earlier in the summer, we canvassed the opinion of 106 people on which parts of the UK would benefit most from MaaS, and which types of organisation were most likely to succeed in providing MaaS in the future.  These people who had a natural bias towards being already engaged in discussions on MaaS, and/or who were familiar with new technology as a whole. The short survey was designed to raise debate, and assess the opinion of the respondents,

Interestingly, they were quite evenly divided between the types of community would benefit most from MaaS, reflecting a diversity of opinions about what MaaS is and where it would improve transport options.
 
In order to raise the profile of MaaS in the UK, especially amongst people from outside the transport industry, TravelSpirit Foundation is actively engaged in promoting and advocating open Mobility as a Service developments, through social media work, publication of White Papers and organisation of events, including our 2nd Annual Conference on September 26th in London.

More about the report:

The survey was analysed by Jim Bamford, of Huddersfield Business School, with the subsequent publication of short report for the basis of further discussion and debate with a wider business and academic community, outside of the transport industry.

Download the report here

 

UK Transport Catapult sponsor free tickets to 2nd Annual Conference on MaaS

The advent of ‘Mobility as a Service’ has rapidly precipitated a broad spectrum of approaches, from city and region-wide multi-modal apps to a range of new mobility service market entrants.

Transport Systems Catapult have joined forces with TravelSpirit Foundation to advocate the idea that innovative mobility needs to be developed within an open framework. Otherwise these diverse approaches risk jeopardising the goal of open, inclusive and accessible transport.

Our conference showcases approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in cities, towns and rural areas, with a blend of informative talks and practical workshops.

The Transport Systems Catapult is sponsoring free entry for a limited number of local authority and public sector attendees. To qualify, please book using the code ‘TSCPUBLICSECTORVIP‘ and use your local authority email address to book.

To find out more about the event, please click here. 

Bosch host public debate and showcase for the Future of Mobility in Cities – 8th September Somerset House

New TravelSpirit Community Member, Bosch, have pulled together an impressive lineup talks from industry and thought leaders for a day of public talks and private talks, alongside technology demonstrators of their Connected Car, Home Zone Park Assist, Light Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Pods.

Bosch develops innovative solutions that facilitate new mobility offerings.

Whether for private or commercial vehicles, multimodal transportation services, fleet management, or smart transport infrastructure, Bosch brings together vehicle technology, the data cloud, and services to offer complete mobility solutions.

For more information on the event please click here.

Londoner’s attitudes towards Mobility as a Service revealed

A new report, authored by TravelSpirit UK Project Board member, Dr. Maria Kamargianni, provides insights about Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership, shared mobility services and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as well as an impact assessment about a potential introduction of MaaS in the city.

We’ll be debating this report, alongside showcasing MaaS developments in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester at our 2nd annual conference in London on 26th September.

Watch this space for the full report and see below the key report highlights:

34% of the regular public transport users stated that their usage of public transport would not change if MaaS were available while 22% of them would use more public transport. Meanwhile, 29% would most likely substitute part of their public transport usage with taxi.

25% of the regular car users stated that their car usage would not be affect by MaaS and another 25% said they would most likely substitute part of their car trips with tube/rail. Additionally, 20% of these respondents would substitute their car trips with car sharing if MaaS were available.

Car users living in zone 1 and zone 2 are most likely to give up their car trips and switch to other alternatives when MaaS becomes available.

MaaS is expected to cut down Londoners’ travel cost and travel time, improve their travel experience as well as reduce their dependence on private cars.

Public transport would bene t signi cantly from joining MaaS in terms of better capacity optimisation and better intermodal connectivity. It is also expected the demand for public transport will rise and so will the revenue to the operator.

MaaS can open up new business opportunities for the operator of MaaS, data provider companies, and ICT and insurance industries etc.

MaaS, in conjunction with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme, could make sure the ‘polluters’ pay, not the others. ULEZ will charge all car users; however, by introducing MaaS, those who are willing to contribute to air pollution reduction are offered an equally convenient alternative to their cars and can therefore avoid the charge. In comparison, those who will still drive while MaaS is available will have no excuse to avoid the charge.

When the era of autonomous vehicle comes, MaaS systems and autonomous vehicles will exist in symbiosis. MaaS users will only need one account to access the autonomous vehicle services supplied by different public transport and shared mobility companies. MaaS will also help utilise the time freed from driving by capturing travellers’ preferences on whether they want to arrive at destination in the shortest amount of time or would rather be able to use the time productively. In addition, the real-time information offered by MaaS will be more ef ciently processed by autonomous vehicles.

MaaS could also aid in achieving a future situation where people prefer public transport and shared mobility services in the autonomous vehicle era. MaaS actually brings an opportunity to change travel behaviour prior to the mass adoption of autonomous vehicles. If more people shift away from private cars nowadays via MaaS, it will more likely lead to a boom in public transport and shared mobility sectors when the era comes, rather than a swarm of privately owned autonomous vehicle.