When it comes to the shared taxi, the profession still has a long way to go. From a recent poll during the last online MaaS Knowledge Café this form of travel turned out to be dangling at the bottom. Still a long way to go to see taxi sharing as a fully-fledged transport element within Mobility as a Service. But oresearch to car sharing shows that it does not happen automatically. Not even when a nice MaaS app comes onto the market. 

“Car-sharing and shared mobility can upshift and MaaS can help with that. The downside is of course that MaaS also requires many different forms of shared mobility, ”says Karla Münzel of TNO.

guarantee on mobility with Amber

Amber, known for the electric BMW I3 with an orange roof edge, is one of the players in the market that offers car-sharing within the cities of 150.000 inhabitants. A 'pilot' was started in Eindhoven during the corona crisis, which guarantees that a car will be available within an hour. As a rule there are 10 drivers per Amber car. Amber within MaaS is a great player and has joined the Amaze platform which will be rolled out in Amsterdam. For example, every city may soon have its own app because other developments are underway in Utrecht.

“Shared mobility still has a long way to go. When a shared car is necessary, the driver may want a child seat in the car. The market is not yet responding to those specific needs, which is a shortcoming within the MaaS concept.

keep control of the public space

Utrecht is growing. This presents challenges and opportunities. The city embraces growth and uses it to become a model region for healthy urban living. A different view of mobility plays an important role in this. Not just in new neighborhoods, but throughout the region. According to van der Heijden, Utrecht wants to keep control over the implementation of the mobility share and is not looking for cowboys who fill the market with share scooters. Even when the scooters are approved by the RDW, Utrecht would prefer not to see them on public roads. It is surprising to say the least that the Utrecht public administration is going to determine what may be included within MaaS and wants to ban scooters in advance.

fixed rates with Felix 

Partly due to corona, Felix is ​​one of the few companies where the income now covers the expenses. In the Felix service area it is allowed to park the vehicle wherever you want. If this is not done, the counter continues to run at 30 cents per minute. Felix wants it to be just as normal to grab a shared scooter even when you have a car. The company naturally wants to get people out of the car, driven by its own interests. Felix talks to many large parties to establish cooperation. Examples include the 'last-mile' for NS train journeys and HTM tram use.

knowledge cafe

Royal Dutch Transport (KNV) presented the second MaaS Knowledge Café on Tuesday 8 September: MaaS and Shared Mobility. Providers of shared mobility and municipal authorities discussed the impact and potential of shared mobility, what is needed to fulfill that potential, the relationship between shared mobility and MaaS and how shared mobility fits into a healthy mobility system.

Read also: KNV, CROW and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment will hold a knowledge café

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