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
A range of autonomous vehicles (AVs), enabled by Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI), are necessary for the evolution of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as a global resource.
This white paper sets out our initial position and frames the debate around developments in autonomous mobility and how it can shape the new mobility frontier. It identifies concerns about autonomous transport solutions being developed by technologists, without a broader public policy framework. We highlight the risks that this direction of business development poses and how technology-driven innovation may present a serious threat to the vitality of our society.
Whitepaper 3: Autonomy: The role of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Public Transportation and Urban Mobility for Cities
Authors: Giles Bailey, Si Ho, Beate Kubitz, Sophie Peachey
The TravelSpirit Openness Index for Mobility as a Service is a practical tool to help create openness in developing MaaS projects.
Transport Practitioners are encouraged to download the tool and use it to assess programmes and activities in development.
TravelSpirit will collate and benchmark project assessments and refine the tool as Mobility as a Service develops in the UK.
TravelSpirit Index of Openness for Mobility as a Service
TravelSpirit Index of Openness West Midlands Case Study
For further advice and guidance on its use or to submit case studies email: email@example.com
There are many elements involved in building the Internet of Mobility. The MaaS ‘ecosystem’ requires contributions from road and rail at the core of public transport to the new disruptors in bike-share and on-demand taxis; to the platform providers which serve up travel options to individual travellers. And in between are various forms of data collection, provision and aggregation, along with the many components of back office payment systems.
In this context what we mean by ‘open’ is many layered. Open can be via the provision and use of open data or open source code. Or, via the growth of local eco-systems of providers who use these open tools to create new businesses and business models. Or through the sharing of data.
‘Closed’, on the other hand, creates proprietary systems which, often as not, will not work with other functionally similar systems within the same sector. Yet convergence is often desirable for efficiency.
This white paper explores the case for openness in Mobility as a Service.
DOWNLOAD TravelSpirit White Paper 1: Open or Closed | May 2017
travelspirit.io is set to become a global commons of “Internet of Mobility” infrastructure, networks and code. An accessible resource for mobility operators and transport authorities, with new open source software components licensed under MPLV2
Curated by TravelSpirit Foundation, the “Internet of Mobility” will be built by a global community of organisations and individuals, with a diverse range of business interests (either in terms of different types products and services or application in different geo-spatial and cultural domains) joined together with a common vision and values.