Keeping track of what’s going on in the world of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is no easy feat. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful list of top influencers and organisations, so that you can stay ahead of the game.
EU and industry bodies
A public-private partnership, MaaS Alliance aims to create a single and open market for MaaS services. As a facilitator, it brings together key players from across the industry in a bid to encourage a common approach to MaaS, not just in Europe but worldwide.
— MaaS Alliance (@MaaS_Alliance) November 20, 2018
ERTICO – ITS Europe is a public-private partnership made up of around 120 organisations from service providers and the transport industry to public bodies and vehicle manufacturers. Not only is ERTICO the organisation behind MaaS Alliance, it also fosters many Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) projects. It’s worth following CEO Jacob Bangsgaard, who is president of MaaS Alliance and a keen proponent of intelligent mobility in Europe.
The Commission has coined 2018 the ‘Year of Multimodality’ and set out its remit to encourage efficient and environmentally friendly transport. A couple of key people to follow are Violeta Bulc, the European commissioner for @Transport_EU alongside Matthew Baldwin, the deputy director-general. Sustainable mobility is high on their agenda and they’re keen to see EU governments working closely together alongside industry and citizens.
As director of strategy for Cubic, Andy focuses on global strategic partnerships with the likes of tech companies, communities and transit agencies. He has a clear vision of how technology can drive better mobility options and is passionate about educating organisations on the benefits of MaaS.
Crissy Ditmore has set out to make “cities fabulous, one day at a time”, and promotes mobility and connectivity for a better future. As a seasoned MaaS and smart city strategist, she’s a great source for mobility as a service updates around the world.
New #mobility X can't fix your city because the city is what's broken. Fix the city first so next iteration of New Mobility X can thrive. It didn't fail, it did what it could in a #congested #car centric strangely #regulated environment https://t.co/EAlHcVlvn0
— Crissy Ditmore (@FabCityCrissy) December 2, 2018
Sampo is the founder and CEO of MaaS Global, based in Finland. He’s pushing boundaries with the Whim app and as a major influencer in the field, he can often be found attending and speaking at sustainable mobility and MaaS events.
As Chief Experience Officer at Polish company NaviParking, Iwona Skowronek is always up-to-date with the latest sustainable smart city and MaaS developments and shares these actively on Twitter.
Warwick is leader of Deloitte’s Transport Technology and Future business and director in its Technology Strategy practice. He’s an evangelist for innovative digital and urban mobility ideas and shares his views on his Twitter feed.
Of course, we can’t forget our very own Claus von Hessberg who is the CEO and founder of SkedGo! He’s often found talking about the future of mobility, the rise of smart cities and the massive shift in transportation that is leading to new business models and mobility applications. You can also follow us via @TripGo for updates on mobility as a service, industry and product news.
For smart observations on micromobility, first mile/last mile and other MaaS industry developments, also follow: @asymco – a transport analyst with interesting thoughts on alternative transport modes, like ride hailing, bike share, scooter share, and MaaS in general and @michalnaka – formerly of Globesherpa and Moovel, now deep into helping US cities work with new modes like scooter shares.
Intelligent Transport covers everything from smart cities to intermodality and is a great outlet to keep up with news, research and what’s happening generally in the industry as a whole. At the time of writing, it offers a free of charge quarterly print or digital journal, with access to whitepapers and articles.
MaaSLab was born out of the Urban Transport and Energy Group at University College London (UCL). An authority of MaaS news, it also provides insights and guidance to the public sector and organisations. Dr Maria Kamargianni, a lecturer in transport and energy head for the Urban Transport & Energy Group at the UCL Energy Institute and head of MaaSLab was crowned a top 10 influencer in the MaaS space last year.
The BusinessMaaS news site provides updates on data, trends and MaaS-related articles from across the web. Alongside Intelligent Transport, it offers an easy way to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of multimodality. It also hosted its first annual BMaaS Awards this year.
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