Mobility software company PTV
Group believes that greater collaboration is necessary to solve transportation problems. “There needs to be a lot of collaboration around these topics to make them happen,” says Devrim Kara, director, UK & Ireland.
“We’re at a point in transport history where we need to plan well to implement properly. If you want to plan a bus route, you need to know the demand: you can’t just put a line on a map.” It is the same with shared mobility, he adds: you cannot simply introduce vehicles and hope that people will use them – you need to be sure.
However, he is not convinced that the path to solving mobility problems can be completely laid by data sharing. Greater openness is ideal as a theory – but Kara says that it is sometimes difficult for competing private organisations to make it a reality: “I don’t think you can achieve it 100%.” It may not even be desirable in some cases, since a competitive edge can be vital for innovation to flourish.
But it is possible to share information and retain your intellectual property at the same time, he comments: “Governments have a role in encouraging openness by creating the right platforms.”
Mobility as a Service is one area where various players can bring their experience to bear on a single problem. PTV was honoured at ITS World Congress for its commitment to MaaS, with solution director Ralf Frisch officially recognised for his role as an active ambassador by the MaaS Alliance, a public-private partnership.
With the help of transportation software, the company has converted a parking space and brought it as a base for its stand at the Congress, to demonstrate what city authorities could do with land occupied by cars - which are parked for 95% of the time.