MaaS - transport chains across modes of transport

Public transport systems are almost always based on the use of large vehicles with fixed routes, schedules and prices. But social distancing, working from home and lower levels of passenger trust are causing this to change. Vehicles need to be automated and connected if intermodal and flexible mobility systems are to truly exploit their potential in future. At IT-TRANS, many exhibitors will be showcasing smart software based on mobility as a service (MaaS):


Via offers an integrated mobility solution that includes shift planning, a passenger app with booking, vehicle tracking and ticketing functions, along with all the necessary scheduling, routing and payment systems. Spanish company Indra uses intelligent analysis, learning and prediction models for its MaaS platform In-Mova Space. Dutch firm Tranzer links public transport and micro-mobility services, and provides an API for end-user MaaS platforms. Cityway will also present an MaaS app with an intermodal real-time route planner. Passengers receive a monthly invoice for all of the mobility services they have used, complete with best-price guarantee. The MaaS app shows the modes of transport as they move on a map and provides real-time information about occupancy.

Alexander Pischon

Mobimeo adds a park+ride function to the multimodal apps of transport companies and authorities. Users travelling in their own car or a shared vehicle are shown occupancy levels for P+R car parks on their route and the probability of finding a free space at their destination. Heike Löffler, CCO of Mobimeo: “Our new P+R function is aimed at users that do not live close to a bus or train station and who therefore have to use cars more often. Displaying different mobility options in the app of their local public transport provider allows them to make an informed decision.”

“Modern mobility platforms are the tool of choice when it comes to meeting passenger needs. We are just about to release our own app that will offer additional information on things like traffic levels or individually tailored mobility chains featuring different modes of transport”, says Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund CEO Dr Alexander Pischon.

Sigo provides a further building block for intermodal transport chains with its rentable e-bikes that feature a spacious transport box. Passengers can pick these up from charging stations and use them for the last mile. The sharing model also includes bike maintenance, a functioning app, customer support and marketing activities to encourage use.

For periods of low utilisation, the Canadian exhibitor Spare helps transport providers switch to integrated on-demand transport. This works by replacing regular transport on high-cost, low-demand routes with an on-demand taxi service. Known as trip brokering, this service can be booked by phone or via the Spare Rider app.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.