PRO-MaaS official kick-off in Barcelona on January 28th

Carnet et UPC hosted the official kick-off of the ProMaaS project on the UPC campus in Barcelona on Tuesday January 28th.

After a year spent planning this project primarily online, all partners were happy to finally meet altogether face to face. The day was spent getting to know each partner better, and going beyond institutions to know each individual and prepare a fruitful collaboration.

Each activity leader presented their activity work plan, which helped us to realign and make sure we will reach our goals of deep understanding of institutional and regulatory barriers to achieving Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

A private actor of MaaS in Spain, « City Trips » also shared their experience developing MaaS and underlined the importance of regulatory and political challenges to making MaaS a reality for citizens.

In this meeting, we agreed that our website should have some basic information about MaaS, including a simple definition. Indeed, a key barrier for cities is that public servants and private actors often mean different things when they talk about MaaS.

We also confirmed the following work plan for this year.

WP1 : literature review including prospective ideas expected for April 2020

Under the leadership of UPC and until end of March, we will all contribute sources to our review of regulations to write a state of the art of current regulations and information about current shared mobility services’ disruptive techs, business models, and of course regulations.

WP2 : Review of existing policy strategies

Under the lead of UCL, partners will contribute to reviewing and comparing existing regulations and policy strategies of cities regarding MaaS.

WP3 : Design thinking workshops with stakeholders on how to improve policies starting in June 2020

Under the lead of Aalto University, there will be 2 workshops in Helsinki with all city MaaS stakeholders to identify barriers and best practices and test the workshop design. Two additional workshops will be held in other partner cities.

WP4 : scenario planning to start in the Fall

Under the lead of TUM and TU/e, partners and cities will use the outputs from the WP3 to define future scenarios and be able to work on local « hypotheses » during a two-day workshops. TU/e and TUM will then use these hypotheses in scenario planning.

WP5 : communication and dissemination of knowledge

Under the lead of Carnet and frog design (a company from the Altran group), all partners will regularly share updated about the work being done through short videos, articles and reports available on the website and social media.

Stay tuned for further information and we are looking forward to advancing our current knowledge of regulatory barriers and best practices to advance MaaS.