Not long to go now until the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress which takes place in Singapore from 21st – 25th October 2019. Centred around the theme of ‘Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities’, we decided to take a look at this year’s programme to see what mobility as a service (MaaS) sessions stood out for us:

1. Mode Shift Strategies And Inclusive Mobility

One of several technical sessions during the event, visitors will hear from a range of different presentations including ‘Using Public Transport Smart Card Transaction Data for Active Mobility Infrastructure Planning’ from Songyu Wang of Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore and ‘No Ticket To Ride – Are People With Disabilities Left Behind?’ from SkedGo’s very own Brian Huang who will look at the current barriers and enablers to making transport accessible for all including some global examples of pioneering technology achieving just that.

This session is called ‘TS47 – Mode Shift Strategies and Inclusive Mobility’ and runs on Thursday, October 24, 9-10.30am, room 309

You can also find Brian moderating a session on ‘Technology for MaaS’ at the ‘Global Forum on MaaS‘, which takes places on Tuesday, October 22. Brian’s session starts at 4.30pm.

2. Circular Economy – How To Apply “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Principles To Transportation And Assess The Impacts?

Sustainability is always a hot topic, so it’s good to see its inclusion. This session focuses on MaaS and other transport-related aspects, such as fuels from recycled materials and shared mobility services, and their part in the circular economy. It will look at how policy-making should approach business models and services, alongside the environmental impacts, compliance and the need for a harmonised framework.

Moderator Piia Karjalainen, ERTICO – ITS Europe is joined by Krista Huhtala-Jenks, MaaS Global, Finland; Mengke Chen, DiDi Global, China; David Adelman, Via, USA; Jean-Charles Pandazis, ERTICO – ITS Europe; and Daisuke Oshima, Pacific Consultants Co. Ltd., Japan.

3. Mobility As A Service Beyond Western Cities: Rural Areas, Developing Countries And Megacities

MaaS is most prevalent in western cities so it’s good to see attention being turned to rural, developing countries and megacities. This session will look at whether the MaaS concept could be made to work in each of these areas or modified to ease the challenges and different needs faced. A much-needed discussion which will hopefully deliver some interesting output.

Moderator Zeljko Jeftic, ERTICO – ITS Europe is joined by Ivan Reutener, Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa; Valerie Lefler, Feonix Mobility Rising, USA; So Morita, Tokyu Group, Japan; and Paulo Humanes, PTV Group, Germany.

4. Integrating 3D Mobility In The Maas Ecosystem

This session will focus on the impact of ‘robotized traffic systems’ (think drones and autonomous vehicles) on MaaS planning. There’s much to debate given how this could affect infrastructure, privacy issues and acceptance of users. In a future where users don’t own their own transport but use services, the challenges faced need to be debated sooner rather than later.

Moderator Piia Karjalainen, ERTICO – ITS Europe is joined by Sascha Westermann, Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Germany; Tero Vuorenmaa, Robots Expert Finland Oy, Finland; Fabien Nestmann, Volocopter, Germany; Thiago Tavares, VVA, Belgium; and Claire Depre, DG MOVE, European Commission.

5. Accessible And Equitable Mobility: Can This Be Accomplished With MaaS?

There are no two words more important to future mobility than accessibility and equity – and this session looks at how they’re being considered within the ‘new mobility ecosystem’. Every person should be able to access transport regardless of their demographic or their abilities (such as the elderly and people with disabilities). This includes people who don’t own smartphones (the unbanked) to use MaaS too. Such an important debate – we’re glad to see it in the programme.

Moderator Carol Schweiger, Schweiger Consulting LLC, USA is joined by Rob Lake, Great Community Transport, Australia; Renee Autumn Ray, Conduent, USA; Piia Karjalainen, ERTICO – ITS Europe; and Sadao Horino, Research Institute for Well-informed and Risk-free Transportation (KU-WIRF), Kanagawa University, Japan.

6. The Power Of Shared Mobility To Make Cities More Livable

The loss in ridership on public transport and the ongoing congestion on our roads continues to be a major concern. Combating this requires tech companies and ‘public transport concessionaires’ to come together in partnership. It’s great to see the rise of on-demand transport but shared journeys are key to making cities more livable. This session focuses on how transport operators are looking at ways to encourage a more sustainable future.

Moderator Sami Sahala, Forum Virium, City of Helsinki, Finland is joined by David Adelman, Via, USA; Thiago Araújo, HP Transportes Coletivos, Brazil; Scheherazade Zekri, Keolis, France; and Andrew Edwards, Go-Ahead Singapore, Singapore.

As always, there is so much more that we could have covered here! It presents a great opportunity for us all to learn from the interesting topics and debates that hopefully will spur even greater action towards our vision for the future of mobility. Of course, SkedGo will be at the event (booth 539) so feel free to drop by to discuss anything MaaS or just for a chat! We look forward to seeing you there.

Before you head to the ITS World Congress, always check the website for the latest up-to-date itinerary. The organisations and discussions mentioned in this post were correct at the time of writing. 

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