The Ministry of Transport and Communications, together with the MaaS Alliance, organised the third high-level round table discussion on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Tampere on 29 November.

The event focused on the roaming of MaaS services across national and urban borders. The White Paper published by the MaaS Alliance in September cited seamless use of services as one of the conditions for the success of Mobility as a Service. The MaaS Alliance is an international cooperation forum for public administrations and enterprises. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is one of its founding members.

The MaaS round table discussion was opened by Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

“If we want to make mobility a service entity that genuinely interests people, it is clear that the use of this service entity cannot be limited to just one city or country. I look forward to fresh views and discussion on how to make Mobility as a Service a global service for citizens,” Minister Berner said.

About 50 high-level transport experts from around the world, representing the business community, research institutes and the public sector, participated in the round table discussion.

Minister Berner was also one of the keynote speakers at the ICoMaaS Research Conference in Tampere on 29 November. Research and development projects in the field were presented at the conference and new openings were sought.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a concept developed in Finland that has gained worldwide attention. The aim is to make transport a seamless and uncomplicated entity where different mobility services are available and can be combined through one interface.

MaaS will also feature prominently at Slush, the business growth event to be held in Helsinki on 30 November and 1 December.

First published on the website of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications here.