32 participants, representing the 17 MaaS4Eu consortium partners, got together on the 8th and 9th of June for a fruitful kick off meeting. The meeting was organized by the Project Coordinator, Intrasoft International, and took place at their premises at Paiania, Athens.
The main goal of the MaaS4EU project (End-to-End Approach for Mobility-as-a-Service tools, business models, enabling framework and evidence for European seamless mobility), is to provide quantifiable evidence, frameworks and tools, to remove the barriers and enable a cooperative and interconnected EU single transport market for the MaaS concept, by addressing challenges at 4 levels:
This vision will be achieved by defining sustainable business models that support the cooperation across transport stakeholders, understanding user needs and choices, implementing the required technological infrastructure (a MaaS mobility hub) and identifying the enabling policy and regulatory frameworks. The project will provide quantifiable evidence about MaaS costs and benefits in 3 real-life, complementary pilot cases, demonstrating the concept in urban, intercity and cross-border trips at three EU areas (UK, LUX-DE, HU)
MaaS is a data-driven, user-centered paradigm. Inlecom as leader of WP5 – Enterprise Data Framework, presented the API of API’s approach and infrastructure implemented in the EuTravel project, that will be extended in order to deal with interoperabillity challenges in the urban mobilitity conext and will underpin the operation of the MaaS4EU platform.
During the two-days sessions, MaaS4EU consortium partners were able to establish the common project vision, discuss the approach, management structure, critical milestones and dependencies, in order to set the ‘way of working together’, and agree on the action plan for the next months.
MaaS4EU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 723176.