Mobility as a service, MaaS, describes the trend of people shifting away from personal transportation to mobility services. But what does that really mean? In the last month, our innovation team outlined MaaS at leading industry conferences and showed how it could impact our day-to-day life, from the way you pay to the way you navigate. Below are five ways MaaS, if implemented, could change your commute for the better.
1. All Your Travel Needs in One App
One app, that’s it. Soon the days of juggling your traffic, train and bus apps while you are commuting to work will be gone. With one app, you can seamlessly move from point A to point B. Once we have more capabilities in data sharing, MaaS will be able to pull transit data from both private and public sectors. This data sharing will help provide an automatic feedback loop that will tell you which route is the best for your commute.
How nice is it when you step out of a rideshare and it is already paid for? Now expand that to include every form of transportation in your city. Rejoice! No more awkward exchanges while fishing for a few dollars in your wallet. An MaaS all-in-one system will have automatic payments for both public and private transportation systems.
3. Ticketless travel
We’ve all been there, struggling to find that train ticket in your bag before the doors close and it leaves without you. Because MaaS is in one system, you can pay for your ride automatically. Depending on the newest ticketing tech, your commute could be as easy as walking through the transit doors and finding a seat.
4. Fewer Cars = Less Congestion
When MaaS is adopted in a city, the urban transit system changes for the better. MaaS will help move large amounts of people from point A to point B seamlessly without use of a private car. This in turn, will have people using the public transit system more, which will help ease city congestion.
5. Personalized Travel Assistant
MaaS will let you personalize every trip. If you’re a budget-conscious traveler, a MaaS app will show you the cheapest trips available. Are safety and comfort at the top of your list? MaaS will recommend the safest and most comfortable route at a higher cost. It’s almost like having a personalized travel concierge handling the planning on every step of your commute.
The five points above are only a few ways that MaaS will change the future of mobility. It’s important to note that most of these changes rely on open communications and partnerships between public and private transportation and technology providers. In the coming years, we predicts even more discussions on how public and private transportation providers can join forces to push MaaS forward. Only time will tell.