The mobility industry is undergoing a rapid change these days, bringing opportunities and challenges for the newcomers. New mobility services entail concepts such as carpooling, free-floating vehicle fleets, e-scooter, and much more.
These services cater to consumers who instead prefer flexibility and freedom than owning a car. In the last few years, we’ve seen numerous travel startups spring up and change the way we travel.
MaaS pilot in Utrecht!
Innovactory, a mobility service provider has won the tender for the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) pilot in Utrecht. Goedopweg in Utrecht will be the first in the Netherlands to launch this MaaS pilot in Leidsche Rijn, Vleuten and De Meern. Notably, this is one of the seven national MaaS pilots that the Ministry of I&W is organising in collaboration with regional governments. The other six pilots will start in places like Amsterdam-Zuidas, Eindhoven, Groningen-Drenthe, Limburg, Rotterdam-The Hague, and Twente.
All you need to know about ‘TRIPPS’
Innovactory has developed a one-stop transportation app called TRIPPS, which provides users with the ease to travel across seamlessly. This mobility app provides travellers with up-to-date and personal travel advice, and updates on delays, traffic jams, and alternative routes. In addition to it, this one-stop transportation app provides users with the facility to book cars, public transport, bicycles, and taxis as well.
Lucien Groenhuijzen, CEO of Innovactory:
“We are delighted with the launch of TRIPPS in Utrecht. With TRIPPS we offer travelers in the region one app for all their journeys, planned or spontaneous. It must be your travel assistant, with ease, simplicity, and reliability first, so that you, as a traveller, can seamlessly travel from one place to another. TRIPPS then gives you personal advice, offers you access to all transport and payment are fully automatic. “
Roll out in 2020!
Furthermore, TRIPPS is expected to be launched early next year for all residents of Leidsche Rijn, Vleuten, and De Meern. The app will be rolled out for other parts of Utrecht soon after. Right now, the app is being tested by 100 residents from Leidsche Rijn, Vleuten, and De Meern. The MaaS pilot is expected to run until the end of 2021.
Why Leidsche Rijn, Vleuten, and De Meern?
The MaaS pilot started in these specific places (Leidsche Rijn, Vleuten, and De Meern) because the usage/ownership of the car is high comparatively.
Lot van Hooijdonk, alderman for mobility, said
“Utrecht must be an attractive and accessible city for residents and visitors. We are working on a future in which not ownership but the use is central. On a journey, you may start with your bicycle, but then transfer to the train and then take a bicycle. With the app, you can quickly see in which way you are the fastest at your destination. I am very curious about how the app will be used.”
According to the company, both MaaS providers and transporters will learn to optimise the mobility system with the data obtained from different sources, including the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Regional authorities. This can contribute as a solution for CO2 objectives, congestion issues, and crowds in public transport.
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