The bus that catches the passenger: PTV Group’s role in the MaaS Alliance

In the future, the bus catches the passengers and not the other way around.

In the future, the bus catches the passengers and not the other way around.

Does owning a car still equal the ultimate freedom to go everywhere – of being independently mobile? The latest report conducted by MaaSLab in London confirms that people’s attitudes are changing and that the time for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is now: 36% of the non-car-owning participants of the study said they would delay purchasing a car and 40% of them stated they would not purchase a car at all if MaaS were available. As potential users support the paradigm shift from ownership to consumption models, what are the necessary steps for cities and companies to make MaaS available and accessible on a global scale?

Working closely with the members of the MaaS Alliance, PTV Group is one of the driving forces behind the public-private partnership tackling this question. With one of its founding members being the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, the common goal of the cooperation forum is to facilitate a single, open market and full deployment of MaaS offers. As a member of the elected board of directors, Koenraad Verduyn, Director Solution Management Traffic at PTV Group, together with representatives of, among others, MaaS Global, Cubic Transportation Systems and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, focuses on creating the foundation on which to build a global MaaS network.

As an international spin-off of Ertico – ITS Europe, the MaaS Alliance has established a total of four working groups to address the issues around MaaS single market development, user needs, regulatory challenges and technology. In the API working group, Ralf Frisch, Solution Director MaaS, and Christian Mähler, Principal Software Engineer, together with the other international members from public administration and enterprise, aim to set the industry standards for all interfaces necessary to run Maas successfully.

Ralf Frisch, Solution Director MaaS at PTV Group, and the Finnish Minister of Tranport and Communications, Anne-Catherine Berner

The second working group that PTV Group is actively driving forward takes on a business-development perspective. Its members aim to identify blockers, such as payment regulations or data access, but also define and examine enablers, like interoperability, that help introduce MaaS on a global scale.

“Supporting public and private fleet operators with our software PTV MaaS Modeller provides us with the necessary expertise to analyse individual MaaS business cases in any city. We are excited to share our insights and beliefs with the members of the organisation to create a multimodal mobility ecosystem that is based on MaaS, public transport and active mobility” says Verduyn. “Today owning a car is not necessarily a prerequisite for being independently mobile.”