In 2018 it seems that every conference involving transportation, smart cities, parking, the Internet of Things, and technology as a whole has included at least one session on Mobility as a Service or “MaaS”. This is a relatively new and poorly understood concept here in North America, and there is a fair amount of inaccurate information being circulated amongst those in the industry. Anyone in a position of authority are — willingly or not — entering into a dialogue where we are expected to be an instant expert. We may then find ourselves restating talking points heard or read elsewhere…
Earlier this year the TravelSpirit Foundation partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester on their first Hackout, an event designed to generate creative approaches to tackling mobility challenges.
Over three days, Hackout Manchester brought together passionate developers, digital artists, university students, and business savvy professionals with an interest in technology-enabled mobility. The event was sponsored and hosted by partners in Greater Manchester, including TfGM, Manchester Science Partnership, and Manchester Metropolitan University.
I was honored to serve as host and Master of Ceremonies for the weekend, and to be part of a crack-team providing business strategy and technology guidance to all participating…
At the 2017 IoT Tech Expo Global in January, I presented on the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) technology and systems on the future of transport and mobility.
That presentation was featured in an article available at the following URL:
The key link between IoT and MaaS comes by way of shared, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles or CAVs, that can leverage newly enabled Vehicle to Vehicle and Vehicle to Infrastructure IoT tech to provide better and more timely transport service, making MaaS a more valuable proposition for people who might otherwise drive…
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The video below was taken at the South Tyrol Free Software Conference in Bolzano, Italy on November 11 2016 — a few short days after the US presidential election.
At the MaaS Reloaded conference in Manchester on Friday 17 March 2017, my friend and colleague Alex Burrows provided a keynote address introducing the concept of an Open Internet of Mobility. Following that address, the Executive Board of the TravelSpirit Foundation — including Alex, Lucy Yu, Si Ho and myself — co-authored the following piece for the Mobility Reimagined blog, curated by Preston IMC.
I have pasted the entire post here on method.city and added a few visuals from Alex’ slides. The original blog, posted on 22 March 2017 can be read at the following link:
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Many thanks to my friend Simon Phipps for getting me into OSCON in London this week. Simon gave a terrific presentation on umbrella organizations for open source software projects.
Among his many accomplishments, Simon is the founder of Public Software CIC, a community interest company created to be a fiduciary and administrative support structure to open source and public software projects.
TravelSpirit — an organization dedicated to realizing the potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) through open source technology and open data — partnered with Public Software CIC to create fiduciary and administrative support for open source projects in…
We need to continue the widespread adoption of open data standards and effective and affordable technology to ensure that the exciting future of transport works for all users.
That line is taken from a post I recently wrote for the blog of the UK Community Transport Association in which I discussed the role open source technology and open data standards need to play in bringing about an equitable transportation future.
You can read the full post here, but I wanted to focus on a particular passage.
This past week Uber began trialling self-driving cars with real customers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…
This world is full of passionate, creative, and down-right brilliant people. Yet I can’t help but notice how easily we get trapped in our own professional silos and ideological paradigms.
Technology, Public Health, Transportation, Public Policy, Economic Development… each of these fields and so many more like them directly impact one another, all the while shaping our daily lives. Yet so often we (collectively) approach each area as if it were an independent lab experiment, with no externalities and all other variables controlled for. …