Resulting from the substantial volume of research & development currently being undertaken, and worldwide pilot schemes delivering concrete and potentially replicable results, the UK Government are now taking notice. In the past six months, The UK Government have released a series of reports on the topic of Mobility as a Service (e.g. the Transport Committee report and the Government Office for Science report). Such reports make recommendations for authorities and the legislature to act in order to comprehensively shape the frameworks needed for MaaS and Shared Mobility to be effective. Jesse Norman MP, the Minister of State for the Department of Transport, is a strong advocate of these changes due to have a big impact on urban mobility, and has spoken and written extensively on this topic.
For inner city travel, micro-mobility is increasing in popularity as people look for cheaper, more convenient, and ‘greener’ forms of getting around. As a result of this, e-bike and e-scooter businesses have enjoyed rapid growth in the past few years, and this growth has led to multiple partnerships being forged across the transport sector. For example, ride-hailing taxi service, UBER has invested in Lime to add electric scooters to its app, while BMW and Daimler are combining to create five joint mobility ventures.
Professional networks are also being formed to unite the diverse array of stakeholders and actors needed for the successful implementation of new mobility services which encompass multiple modes and providers. We discussed these networks, and their importance, in a previous post.
In conclusion, the world of MaaS and Shared Mobility has been ignited into action in recent months. The wheels are now in motion to make these new forms of transportation a reality. There is so much happening in the field right now, that it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of it all. This is one of the reasons why it’s such an interesting and exciting marketplace to be a part of.