ITS America partner with TravelSpirit to drive discussion about Data Sharing in US Cities

ITS America have partnered with the TravelSpirit Foundation on an event in Los Angeles, as a joint action to both promote the MOD Alliance program and to further embed the principles of openness, in particular data-sharing, into city mobility eco-systems.

Cities, regions and states use mobility data to manage their transportation system to reduce congestion, improve mobility, and enable greater accessibility to mobility choices. Private mobility and transportation information providers rely on data to provide services to their customers, power fleets and continue to grow the mobility marketplace.

The influx of new mobility on demand choices have resulted in large amounts of data being generated, some of which has begun to flow between the private companies and cities/regions/states.

The event has been designed to drive a larger discussion on data sharing in all forms of Mobility on Demand, including micro-transit, micro-mobility and city-wide data systems.

Featuring a series of keynote speakers including Laura Bliss from Citylab, Seleta Reynolds from LA DOT and Jascha Franklin-Hodge from Open Mobility Foundation, policy discussions and Data Demonstration Talks, these interactive sessions will build on takeaways from the previous ITS America Data Series and TravelSpirit Conference and Community Design Workshop events, to discuss road forward with the public and private sector as we prepare for the new scale of data sharing, access and utilization.

To attend please register at the MOD Alliance website.

Open mobility – without cooperation we’re going nowhere fast

After the Open Mobility Conference TravelSpirit publishes city and industry case studies to facilitate open collaborative mobility.

Use the link below or #Open Mobility to navigate the case studies.

Why publish these now?

Technology already exists to make it possible for people to have a single transport account enabling them to use the train, hire an e-scooter, access a self-driving pod, book travel insurance and take a flight. However, the reality is that we’re not seeing this happening on any kind of scale in the world today.

Last month, TravelSpirit and MaaS Alliance hosted a conference on Open Mobility at KANAL, a former Citroën car factory turned art gallery, in a regeneration zone of Brussels. It was an exciting event that brought together diverse voices in the mobility sphere – from Amsterdam City Authorities to International Air Transport Association, IATA, investment fund SGInnovate, and Porsche. But the simple message was that whilst technology exists that can enable a truly simple, open and seamless multi-modal transport – the mobility as a service that could replace the personal car – it will only reach its potential if the industry becomes much more open and collaborative.

TravelSpirit believes that business models will need to become much more collaborative – with a diverse mix of operators including automakers, bus companies, taxis, bike share and trains working more closely with cities so that the best use of our streets is determined by the public interest, not the most aggressive business model or the one with the deepest pockets.

“Currently we are seeing that, at one end of the spectrum, some companies are calling for new thinking from policy makers and corporate leaders  – with businesses like Europcar looking forward to a completely open transport system, or “mobility as a service” bringing economic benefits to cities in a sustainable way. Whilst at the other, some companies work in silos, annexing their part of people’s journeys or attempting to keep them within their service group for multimodal trips.” According to TravelSpirit Chairman, Simon Herko.

“At the broadest level, we have been debating how to restructure the entire transport industry, to become a lot more “open” in its approach to satisfying growing consumer expectations for transport options that are more flexible, easy to consume and that can be bundled into a single customer offer or subscription-based service. 

This involves traditional transport companies being prepared to open-up to competition and accept they don’t own the complete customer journey and/or travel requirements of a customer over the course of a year. It also requires industry silos such as airline, public transport, tech platforms, to better interface and collaborate with each other for the benefit of the customer. 

This is a controversial stand-point, given the context of existing automotive firms and public transport companies feeling threatened by the new tech-platforms (aka Uber, Mobike, Google etc etc) and the implied “winner takes all” race that is being foreseen as we move into an autonomous vehicle future.”

At TravelSpirit, we believe that we need to reconfigure the transport space. An ‘if it uses public roads (and rails) it should be open’ attitude would go some way to developing open mobility. But cities too need to be able to see how the roads (and often rails) they build and maintain are used. Mobility providers need to share usage data with cities in return for public authorities to be sure that the infrastructure they provide is being used efficiently and beneficially.

It’s a drawn out process, with many stages and patchy adoption. The important lesson is that cities, public authorities, private innovators and transport operators all need to share their experience. This is a complex transition which will require collaboration and negotiation. The more information and case studies we have to inform the debate the better.

Case studies from the Open Mobility Conference here:

Cities for Open Mobility: Singapore – investment and innovation

Cities for Open Mobility: Antwerp – the open ecosystem

Cities for Open Mobility: London – open live transport data

Cities for Open Mobility: Los Angeles – data for access and the MDS

Cities for Open Mobility: Helsinki – the open data law

Standards for Open Mobility: New Distribution Capability

Standards for Open Mobility: Minimum Interoperability Mechanisms

Companies for Open Mobility: Europcar

Companies for Open Mobility: Skedgo

Companies for Open Mobility: Tranzer

TravelSpirit champions open transportation protocols for Europe

In launching TravelSpirit Europe – which will include the UK, Switzerland and other non-EU countries – TravelSpirit Foundation is calling for a new approach to the strategic interplay between transport and technology that focuses on achieving system interoperability, data portability and seamless outcomes for people and goods on the move.

With support from industry, including our strategic partnership with Europe’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance, TravelSpirit Europe will curate an open ecosystem of cities, disruptive thinkers, tech firms and transport operators – drawn from all transport sectors.

James Gleave, Executive Director of TravelSpirit Foundation

It will act as an investment and common infrastructure platform to develop the necessary open protocols and encourage open technology development by its ecosystem, to common MaaS industry standards . This will ensure seamless handover across borders and across various modes – including automotive, airlines, public transport and sharing economy / new mobility services.

In this way, the strategic goal of TravelSpirit Europe will be to enable the faster scaling up of innovative service solutions – many of which emerging from European start-up hotspots in Helsinki, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin – for enabling more efficient cross border movements and trade.

Stefano Mainero, Regional Chair of TravelSpirit Europe

TravelSpirit Europe will formally launch on 11th April 2019, in Brussels at Open Mobility Conference 2019 – the world’s first open ecosystem development event for the future of mobility. This event is being supported by a range of organisations, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), SGInnovate (Singapore), Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit, the City of Antwerp and Europcar Mobility Group.

Cross border movements will be a theme for one of our workshop sessions, co-facilitated by Iconic Blockchain CTO and Global Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation, Simon Herko (aka Si Ho) and Chairman of the Share & Charge Foundation, Dietrich Sümmermann.

Open Mobility Conference 2019

TravelSpirit Foundation and the MaaS Alliance announce Open Mobility Conference 2019

New Brussels conference will examine how to build an open ecosystem of mobility and lay the foundations for seamless Mobility as a Service (MaaS)…join us for our unique day event on 11th April 2019.

Click here for Full Programme Agenda

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  • How can we create new mobility services that can be easily deployed, scaled and integrated seamlessly with existing provision?
  • What does an open ecosystem and Internet of Mobility look like and what opportunities does it create?
  • Why is openness so important?
These are the questions on the table at the Open Mobility Conference 2019. This one day conference, in Brussels on 11th April, will bring together innovators, disruptive thinkers, transport authorities, mobility operators, technology providers and infrastructure developers in a unique co-creative environment to start building answers these questions.

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TravelSpirit AGM, Manchester, March 13th 2019

Meet team TravelSpirit, join us for networking and speakers!

Meet TravelSpirit members, hear about new horizons in Mobility as a Service and join our networking event.

The TravelSpirit AGM is an opportunity to hear about new developments in Mobility as a Service, think about the context for new transport innovations and shape the future of mobility. 

Speakers include Johannah Randall, Head of Station Operations at HS2 Ltd.

If you haven’t joined TravelSpirit, as an affiliated member, now is a good time to get involved and influence its direction! 

For more information visit our Eventbrite page

TravelSpirit calls on government to learn from Mobike failure and support open collaboration in transport

In its submission to the UK government’s call for evidence surrounding the Future Mobility Grand Challenge, the TravelSpirit Foundation called on the UK government to promote the adoption of open source technologies, including blockchain, and open collaboration. This will support an inclusive future mobility and avoid the kind of market failures that leave communities marginalised and without the transport they need to prosper.

TravelSpirit Chair, Si Ho, said:

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New partnership to foster an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service

TravelSpirit Foundation and MaaS Alliance have formed a partnership to undertake collaborative work of technologists, operators, and innovators to develop an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently, TravelSpirit and MaaS Alliance will share knowledge and best practices on enabling the development of open source technologies, including blockchain, that will underpin MaaS, and empowering the communities that deliver them.

The two organisations will also collaborate on thought leadership in this field, building upon the industry-leading work of both parties. They are also looking to empower and bring together a global community of MaaS implementers, which will be unique in its ambition.

Both organisations are already established as thought leaders in MaaS. TravelSpirit Foundation has built a global network of activists, innovators, technologists, policy makers, and mobility providers. TravelSpirit is a leading organisation in championing an Open Internet of Mobility, and advocating transformative technologies such as blockchain on transportation business models and infrastructure. Its recent publications include papers on blockchain-enabled Decentralised MaaS (with Transport Systems Catapult) and on the TSio Protocol (with Iconic Blockchain).

“TravelSpirit has stated from the start that the new world of Mobility as a Service needs to be open if it is to reach its potential.” Giles Bailey, CEO of TravelSpirit said. “Signing this partnership agreement with the MaaS Alliance is a real boost in facilitating the collaboration needed to make this happen. I look forward to working with them!”

“The MaaS Alliance will collaborate with TravelSpirit to create a well-functioning basis for the MaaS ecosystem and preconditions for fast and wide roll-out of Mobility as a Service. The partnership very much supports the goals of the MaaS Alliance, and I anticipate that this collaboration will be widely beneficial for everyone involved” said Jacob Bangsgaard, the President of the MaaS Alliance.

For more information contact:

Beate Kubitz: | +44 (0) 7974 369240


The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester, UK, in 2016 to provide an open framework to ensure that new integrated mobility services are environmentally sound, socially useful and universally accessible. Our vision is underpinned by four core values of universality, open innovation, global community and local benefit.

The Open Internet of Mobility (IoM) is a framework for enabling MaaS integration for all mobility service providers and users anywhere in the world, opening the mobility service marketplace, democratising access between users and service providers, and integrating new mobility services with existing transport infrastructure. The IoM framework will help realise the full social and economic benefits of transport-technology, such as MaaS Apps, Autonomous Vehicles, 5G connectivity and Blockchain.

TravelSpirit submits evidence on MaaS to UK Parliament

TravelSpirit recommends openness in written evidence to the UK Transport Committee.

TravelSpirit submitted evidence to the Transport Committee call for evidence on Mobility as a Service last month recommending that the Committee seeks the most open implementation of MaaS possible. Only this approach will accrue the broadest economic and social benefits and ensure access for all, so that those living in rural areas, the disabled, the elderly and the poorest in society — are protected from narrow, self-interest service implementations.

Whilst there are competing definitions of exactly what MaaS comprises, Travelspirit sees that, regardless of what the end state of MaaS looks like, it needs to be based on values of:

  •         Universality, where integrated and connected systems provide a path to sustainable and equitable transport;
  •         Open innovation that rewards sharing information and solutions, to everyone’s benefit;
  •         Global community working to tackle mobility and transport challenges;
  •         Local benefit where positive change is demonstrated at a community level.
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Assessing Openness and Maturity in MaaS – our index developed in conjunction with UCL MaasLab

In 2017 TravelSpirit developed an index to asses transport networks’ openness as they move towards Mobility as a Service. This index has been further developed by Richard Goulding at the UCL MaaSLab to assess the readiness of metropolitan areas for the implementation of MaaS systems.

Various characteristics which affect the likelihood of a successful MaaS implementation are assessed to determine an aggregate score showing how ready a city is to implement MaaS.

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Conference Latest: TravelSpirit 2nd Annual Conference: Date and Venue Announced

TravelSpirit has opened bookings for its next conference:

Practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in the UK

26 September 2017 | The Atrium, London NW1

Interested in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and want to know more about issues around ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’, that will impact the spread of MaaS?

This conference showcases practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in cities, towns and rural areas.

If you would like to explore issues around Mobility as a Service provision, and understand how to evaluate potential MaaS services, book now!

Speakers include: Jeni Tennison, OBE, Open Data Institute, Maria Kamargianni, UCL Energy Institute, Chris Lane, Transport for West Midlands, Chris Perry, MaaS Global, Gary Stewart, WayraUK and Si Ho, TravelSpirit Foundation.

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