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.
Openness is essential to Mobility as a Service. From end to end journeys across modes to monthly bundled mobility packages, nothing that is truly useful to travelers can be created without some degree of openness between at least some combination of operators, mobility as a service providers, and data providers
Read our brief summary of openness, who needs to be open and what it offers here.
Practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service
26 September 2017
Our engaging and thought provoking conference brought together people from across the sectors which are part of MaaS systems including operators, data providers, local and national authorities, consultants and academics. Explore the resources available including workshop summaries and presentations.
TravelSpirit has opened bookings for its next conference:
Practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in the UK
26 September 2017 | The Atrium, London NW1
Interested in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and want to know more about issues around ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’, that will impact the spread of MaaS?
This conference showcases practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in cities, towns and rural areas.
If you would like to explore issues around Mobility as a Service provision, and understand how to evaluate potential MaaS services, book now!
Speakers include: Jeni Tennison, OBE, Open Data Institute, Maria Kamargianni, UCL Energy Institute, Chris Lane, Transport for West Midlands, Chris Perry, MaaS Global, Gary Stewart, WayraUK and Si Ho, TravelSpirit Foundation.
The TravelSpirit Foundation published its first white paper today. Titled “Open or Closed? The Case for Openness in Mobility as a Service”, the paper looks at the components of Mobility as a Service and the positive role that the open Internet of Mobility can play. It discusses how open systems and data will improve journeys and ensure new forms of mobility have a positive impact on the public realm.
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.
Our Chair, and Senior Innovation Officer @TfGM, Si Ho, has addressed to the opensource.com community in an article on open source.com. The opensource.com community has a keen interest in creating, adopting, and sharing open source solutions and learning about how the open source way is improving technologies, education, business, government, health, law, entertainment and humanitarian efforts. Supported by Red Hat (the world’s leading provider of open source, enterprise IT solutions), more than 60% of Opensource.com content is contributed by members of open source communities, such as TravelSpirit. Other articles on the website are written by the editorial team and other Red Hat contributors.