RiVier joint venture selected Siemens Mobility to develop a countrywide, intelligent Mobility as a Service – MaaS platform expected to be completed in the autumn, allowing service providers to integrate the travel planning.
The joint venture comprises the Dutch rail operator NS, HTM, the operator in Hague region and RET, the operator of Rotterdam transport system.
The technological core of the MaaS platform is supplied by Siemens Mobility subsidiaries Hacon and eos.uptrade. The platform is being developed as an open ecosystem that can be connected to existing apps from the MaaS providers NS, RET and HTM.
“The pandemic is changing our behavior. We work, learn and travel more flexibly: in time, place and choice of means of transport. That is why we are investing in the best travel options for consumers right now. We lower the threshold to easily plan, book and pay for a trip with multiple modes of transport,” RET director Maurice Unck on behalf of RiVier said.
The three companies call on other mobility providers to join so that traveling by public transport, bicycle sharing, car, scooter, and taxi, can be better connected and more convenient.
Through the MaaS platform, the mobility providers can draw attention to their services and better tailor them to the needs of travelers, while also optimizing their fleet management. In addition to efficiency and passenger comfort, MaaS also provides eco-friendly and sustainability benefits.
As public transport or shared solutions become more attractive, travelers will only use their cars where it is of most added value to them.
“Smart applications that can integrate and coordinate different modes of transportation makes the idea of seamless travel from the first mile to the last a reality. Having the ability to choose from the full spectrum of mobility options to plan, schedule and pay for trips, significantly improves the travel experience and enhances overall quality of life,” Andre Rodenbeck, CEO Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility said.