Mobility as a Service (MaaS) proposes a novel transport paradigm which aims to reduce the need to own a car, by providing travellers with easy access to a range of transport alternatives, which are packaged according to personal preferences and can be paid based on actual use. A truly effective MaaS environment seamlessly combines offerings from different transport services, including public transport, taxis, shared bikes, and demand-responsive transport; it provides details on alternative travel combinations in a transparent manner, and allows travellers to pay for services in a hassle-free fashion, either per use or based on subscription plan, in essentially the same way we pay our smartphone bills.
Mobility as a Service is expected to revolutionise the way we move around: with access to personalised, smart mobility services, travellers will be less dependent on their cars. Public and private providers of transportation services will benefit from a more efficient allocation of resources, enabled by a better understanding of travel demand; local authorities will profit from the deployment of sustainable transport services; and business enterprises will have access to new markets and opportunities for the development of smart mobility services. The MaaS Alliance is creating the foundations for a common approach to MaaS across Europe from a legal, technical and market perspective.
In a MaaS ecosystem, data from various transport service providers are collected onto a single platform layer, are enhanced with features such as multimodal journey planning or mobile payment services, and are made available to travellers. Since its participation in the Open Mobility project in Berlin, and through project activities in several European cities to create the technical, legal, and commercial prerequisites for setting up MaaS operations, Siemens is one of the leading international providers of smart solutions for combined mobility and an active member of the MaaS Alliance.
At the latest InnoTrans show, Siemens showcased their SiMobility solutions and references to support travellers on their end-to-end intermodal journey, including the intermodal platform SiMobility Connect, which provides the fundament of our Mobility as a Service activities.
SiMobility solutions are:
– Connect – the integrated mobility platform,
– Flow – the app for location-aware services while traveling, and
– JustGo – the handsfree Be-in/Be-out (BiBo) ticketing technology
Watch the video to find out more about SiMobility.