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.
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