First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
A major restructuring of transport services is underway in a growing number of cities worldwide as new consumer-lead business models threaten the future of traditional operators.
That’s the message Paul Campion, CEO of UK innovation agency Transport Systems Catapult, will give to delegates at the opening of ITS International’s 2019 MaaS Market Conference (20-21 March, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London).
Campion will argue that the digitisation of transport is driving a move from a supplier-centric system – with segregated infrastructure, vertical transport operators and timetabled services - to multi-modal, consumer centric demand-responsive services.
This disruption is creating new business models and rapidly making many traditional practices and strategies obsolete.
Taxi hailing apps like Uber have shown the public’s appetite for services that make transport more convenient. However, they have also reduced traditional black/yellow taxi rides and created problems for authorities - such as additional congestion and licencing.
To its supporters, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) represents the pinnacle of transport digitisation, enabling taxi hailing convenience levels - from trip planning to payment - for a raft of public transport modes. It also provides anonymised origin/destination information to inform service development.
The opportunities, and threats, digitisation and MaaS create for traditional services, local authorities and vertical transport provides will be discussed at length during the conference.
See www.maas-market.com for details of the international line up of speakers and to book tickets.