Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can be briefly described as a concept that aims to fulfil individual’s mobility needs in a sustainable way by combining different transport services to seamless trips, offering an appealing alternative to owning and using a private car. The core characteristics of MaaS include integration of multiple transport modes and actors, various payment options, use of various technologies through one user interface platform as registered user as well as personalization and customization to offer demand oriented user-centric mobility services. The history of MaaS by name and related research is not long, but MaaS can be seen as an evolutionary continuation of integrating mobility services. MaaS research is accumulating rapidly and the focus has been on describing the concept, identifying the roles of various stakeholders, exploring the user potential and lately taking a critical view on the effects of MaaS and the needs for governing the development.
This topical collection aims to provide additional breadth and depth to the emerging MaaS literature by presenting papers that
- provide an overview of the state of MaaS development from user, operator and governance perspectives,
- provide guidelines for developing MaaS on both general and specific level, and
- provide case studies on MaaS with a focus on work-related mobility.
The topical collection on MaaS aims to the added value of giving the readers a wide understanding on the complex issue of MaaS, while giving also examples of the case studies. Given that developing MaaS is intertwined with the development of sustainable transport system as a whole and specifically the public transport system and new forms of micro mobility with the challenges of digitalisation, the papers of the topical collection are relevant and of interest to European transport researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.
Deadline for submissions
May 31st 2020, articles from ICoMaaS 2019 are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.
Heikki Liimatainen, Tampere University, Finland
Milos Mladenovic, Aalto University, Finland