Siemens joins the Mobility as a Service Alliance

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One of the leading providers of transportation technology and smart systems for combined mobility has joined the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance to help drive the future-proof transformation of travel and transport ecosystems.

Siemens Mobility has now joined forces with other European partners within the Maas Alliance to set the base for the international deployment of this novel transport concept. The MaaS Alliance is a public-private partnership launched by ERTICO-ITS Europe, which is working to create the foundations for a common approach to MaaS. The final goal is to unlock the economies of scale needed for successful implementation and take-up of MaaS in Europe and beyond. As a long-term ERTICO member and an active member of ITS Finland, where the foundations for MaaS were developed, Siemens has now made its participation to ERTICO’s MaaS Alliance formal.

In the Alliance, Siemens joins forces with a large number of partners from the fields of public administration, research and education, and from the industrial sector, to facilitate the international deployment of Mobility as a Service. All over Europe, MaaS initiatives are planned or starting up; the MaaS Alliance will help these to cooperate through a shared work program, engaging transport operators, service providers and users. As the final goal, the MaaS Alliance will facilitate a single, open market and full deployment of MaaS services.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) proposes a novel transport model that aims to reduce the need to own a car by providing travelers with easy access to a range of transportation alternatives, which are packaged according to personal preferences, and can be paid for based on actual usage. 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 travelers to pay for services in a stress-free fashion, either per use or based on a subscription plan, in essentially the same way that people pay their smartphone bills. 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 travelers.

“MaaS is a vision we believe in, and which is expected to have a significant impact on the future of transportation,” explained Dr Filippo Logi of Siemens Mobility. “Since our participation in the Open Mobility initiative in Berlin, and through multiple project activities in several European cities to create the technical, legal and commercial prerequisites for setting up MaaS operations, we are one of the leading international providers of smart solutions for combined mobility. With our SiMobility Connect platform and other solutions, we enable operators to set-up the technological base for the realization of MaaS, and the implementation of sustainable business models.”

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