Ford announce their ambitions to enter the MaaS market by 2021

Ford has said it will mass-produce a fully autonomous self-driving car, without a steering wheel by 2021, for an ‘Uber-like’ ride-sharing service. The announcement, described as “transformational” by the company’s president, Mark Fields, signalled an era when Ford sees itself, particularly in cities, as a company that provides an ad-hoc service rather than focusing solely on selling the cars to the general public. “There will be a growing per cent of the industry that will be fully autonomous vehicles,” Mr Fields said. “Our goal is not only to be an auto company, but an auto and mobility company.” Check out the BBC for more on this news item.

Center for Automotive Research Sheds New Light on MaaS

Emerging trends in mobility technology, such as the rise of ridehailing and carsharing services, have led many industry analysts to offer their views on how these trends will affect the automotive industry in the United States. The reports stemming from these efforts have resulted in highly conflicting visions of the future, ranging from a dramatic decline in vehicle sales to a windfall in revenue and profits.Faced with this cloudy picture, researchers at the Center for Automotive Research decided to weigh in with their own analysis, one that is rooted in our cumulative knowledge of travel behavior, consumer preferences, and the operational characteristics of new mobility services.Our analysis, based on sound data and detailed in this report, sheds light on what we believe are likely future directions. We welcome feedback on this effort and will continue to refine our viewpoint as technology, society, and service offerings continue to evolve.

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TravelSpirit Runway, Launched!

Thank you all for your amazing support at our Manchester (UK) launch day on 28th June, where over 80 of us had from the feedback received to date, a most excellent time.

In particular, thank you for our international speakers, Sampo Hietanen and Gabriel Plassat, who in addition to representing on-going Finnish and French connections, provided such eloquent descriptions of how Mobility as a Service and Open Collaboration can work.

Post event we’ve been busy sifting through the output of our workshops and identified a prioritised set of next steps (our ‘runway’ for the community) for the next 2-3 months.

As we are open governed and here for the community, we’d love to hear back from you on your thoughts as to these foundation steps, how you could help us deliver them, and any additional ideas or enhancements to the current ones, that you would like to share with us.

Next Up: Welcome to our Runway!

With planning permission granted by Wuthering Bytes and ODI Leeds for take off in Hebden Bridge, the flight path then takes us from Hebden Bridge – London – Birmingham – Manchester – Paris – London – Barcelona – Montreal (see below).

Tuesday 6th September, Hebden Bridge, Open Smart Cities @ Wuthering Bytes

We partnered with: ODI Leeds, Leeds Data Thing, Things Network (Leeds and Manchester), OpenData Manchester and Calderdale DataWorks for a full day of exploration, show & tell, and collaborative work on creating the #opensmartcity.

Friday 16th September, London. Community Design Workshop Stage 2.

Register now for a follow up to our initial workshops from the 28th June with a whole day to really get ‘under the skin’ of MaaS, with support of the Geovation team.

Wednesday 21st September, Birmingham. MaaS conference.

Register now  for the next 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!

Thursday 22nd September, London. Smart Summit.

Register now for the Smart Summit, which is a 2 day conference and exhibition covering the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and its impact on the digital society. Smart Summit are collaborating with TravelSpirit to discuss how MaaS can help transform urban service delivery, on the 22nd September, a day after our MaaS conference in Birmingham.

Saturday 24th September, Manchester. Big Data Hack.

Register now to support our founding partners Manchester Metropolitan University, who are following up our debate about the role of ‘big data’ with our first endorsed hack, with support from the UK Data Service and Digital Innovation and The Shed.

Tuesday 27th September, Paris. Open Source Asset Build.

Register now to support, hot on the heals of our Manchester Hack, our next technical solutions event, organised by our partners, FabMob. Click here for more info

If you cannot attend, then please still inform FabMob of relevant open source projects that should be considered at the event by clicking through and filling in the following survey.

Also, the FabMob Open Call is now live – click here for more details!

TfGM launch new ‘2040’ strategy to support MaaS

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have launched their visionary new ‘2040’ strategy – one that looks forward to the future with a completely open mind, and one that will see the end to silo’d thinking around individual ‘transport modes’, and will bring about the neccesary integration between traditional ‘private’ (planes, cars, taxi’s, bikes) and ‘public’ modes (bus, trams and trains) that helps bring new ‘sharing economy’ modes into the mainstream of public policy thinking; and will open up the doors for a much broader embrace of a rainbow of new vehicles, products and services within the mobility sector. Good news for Mobility as a Service, and raising the bar for TravelSpirit!

TravelSpirit organisation officially launched!

Today, we have formally launched our new organisation, with a real buzz, at the Community Design Workshop I, 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 Department for Transport, and our very own COO, joined a series of exciting ‘lightning talks’ from a number of tech startup’s.

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TravelSpirit enables the Northern Digital Powerhouse !

The technology sector in the North of England is vibrant and growing rapidly, and yet it is still far from reaching its potential. A new report (download from here) commissioned by Tech North and published by the RSA in partnership with the Impact Hub, shows just how much potential there is. It details a number of recommendations for how greater collaboration could unlock a £5.7 billion boost to the Northern economy and how open source projects, such as TravelSpirit will be a key enabler. Read even more…

TravelSpirit Executive Board Formed

We’re really proud to announce that Rob Taylor, CTO at Codethink and secretary of the FOSSi Foundation, has been appointed our CTO, on a ‘pro-bono’ basis. Rob has been working commercially with Linux and Open Source technologies for over 15 years and has founded two successful companies delivering Open Source development. Rob joins Alex Burrows as CEO and Lucy Yu as COO, to form with Si Ho (Chairman) the new Executive Board for TravelSpirit, all working on a ‘pro-bono’ basis to set and oversee the strategic and technical direction for the community.

TravelSpirit & Simply Connect Get Applause at Smart Cities Conference

19th April 2016. Presenting to a select audience keen to understand on how smart technology can be used to improve our cities and contribute to the creation of a Northern Powerhouse, Si Ho – Transport for Greater Manchester, Neil Brown – Simply Connect and Giles Bailey – Stratageeb met with warm applause for their ambition to ‘make the world a better place’ while creating a money-making eco-system that will thrive on and support a global commons of code that would see TravelSpirit members enjoy a share in a new multi-billionaire pound a year Mobility as a Service market, while collaborating ‘Smart Cities’ will benefit from ‘ground-up’ community funded and for-the-community transport solutions. Click here to download a copy of the presentation given.

Venue confirmed for 28th June Launch Conference

Thanks to our new crowd-funding partners, Alliance Manchester Business School, we are pleased to announce that the 1st day of our launch event in June, which will be a 140 capacity conference held at Alliance Manchester Business School to bring together an elite line-up of thought leaders from a broad range of backgrounds, that are converging on the  ‘Intelligent Mobility’ space, to debate needs to happen in the UK to achieve ‘Mobility as a Service’ and what needs to happen next to support the growth of our global open source community.

TravelSpirit is a crowd funded, not-for-profit project, with the mission to grow a vibrant global community of developers, entrepreneurs and transport agencies/operators who, together, will build an open source ‘global commons of code’ for enabling ‘Mobility as a Service’ to thrive.