Will Mobility as a Service (MaaS) destroy public transport as we know it? That’s the question representatives from the taxi, bus, rail and multi-modal sectors will consider in ‘The role of vertical transport providers’, the opening session of the 2019 MaaS Market Conference (London, 20-21 March).
Amid growing evidence of traditional transport operators losing out to the new mobility providers, particularly in urban areas, the panel session will debate the potential and actual benefits and pitfalls of participating in MaaS platforms.
Patrick Warner, head of innovation strategy for Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, part of the Go-Ahead Group, will assess the likely impact of MaaS on bus services.
He will be joined by Lauri Suokannas, head of business development for Helsinki Taxis, which provides first/last mile transport for MaaS Global’s Whim app in the Finnish capital, and Eurostar’s head of diversification Jennifer Fulford, who sees MaaS as a big opportunity for train operators.
Also on the panel will be Raymond Prudon, product and customer service manager at Keolis. His company operates multi-modal transport solutions in several cities and says there are benefits for the operators as well as the traveller.
Other sessions will consider the impact of digitised transport, including MaaS, on city authorities’ ability to manage and police transport.
MaaS Market 2019 will take place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on 20-21 March. For full details of the programme, and to book tickets, go to www.maas.market.com