Digital Revolution in Transport

In lieu of large civil infrastructure projects, transportation systems are increasingly being augmented with a range of information technologies that make them smarter, safer, more efficient, more integrated. Contextual mobility creates the opportunity for a better passenger experience and faster passenger flow, it also creates the opportunity for transport service providers to market additional services.
And Transformation is now being more and more driven by the private sector.

See the below presentation covering : transport data standard, open data, routing algorithm, and door-to-door approach.


This is a great example of how to leverage Big Data and data science to get insights from Paris bike sharing service VELIB.  The tool used is Dataiku DSS using Python, R and Scala. By the way, I highly recommend to test Dataiku to see how easy it can be to do data science!

Mobility As A Service (MaaS)

We are moving towards a new paradigm in cities, called Mobility As A Service!

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a new transport paradigm combining trip planning and payment platform for all available modes of public transportation, from city rides to ride-sharing services. It is a smart mobility distribution model in which a customer’s major transportation needs are met over one interface and are offered by a service provider. Services are bundled into packages (similar to mobile phone price-plan packages).

maas reports

  1. "Developing Intelligent Mobility and exploring Mobility as a Service" from ATKINS.
  2. "Mobility-as-a-Service: from the Helsinki experiment to a European model?" by FSR.
  3. "Mobility as a Service: Exploring the Opportunity for Mobility as a Service in the UK" by Catapult.
  4. "Connected World Hyperconnected Travel and Transportation in Action" by World Economic Forum and The Boston Consulting Group
  5. “Urban mobility at a tipping point”, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment September 2015
  6. “Future of Mobility Collection”, Deloitte
  7. “Shared Mobility: How new businesses are rewriting the rules of the private transportation game“ by Roland Berger
  8. “Bringing Mobility as a Service to the U.S.: Opportunities and Challenges” by Carol Schweiger
  9. Slush MaaS Panel discussion (2015) with Karen Roter Davis (Urban Engines), Jo Bertram Uber), Sonja Heikkilä (Tekes), Lucy Yu (UK Department for Transport) Moderated by Sampo Hietanen (ITS Finland).

Decentralized Disruptive Innovation

The "Fabrique des Mobilités" (or FabMob), is the first European accelerator dedicated to the mutating ecosystem of transportation and mobility. FabMob will bring together mobility players and stakeholders wanting to launch mobility projects, will capitalize on lessons learnt and feedback with a view to see a common culture of innovation in action emerge. More specifically the core objectives of FabMob are threefold:

  1. Get access to a unique network of players and leaders in all industrial sectors.
  2. Get access to powerful resources, geographies open to experimenting and interoperable standards.
  3. Be coached and trained by experts in new mobility practices.

The role of open source in the digital revolution in Transportation was discussed in a panel of the conference held in the COP 21 conference in Paris.

Future of Transport

And to finish, let's have a explore a provocative and kaleidoscopic vision of the future of transport, proposed by Keiichi Matsuda. Hyper-reality for the "augmented traveler".

Another less futuristic example is provided by NEXT and exploring driverless public transportation and an multimodal mobile planner.