Shared mobility and public transport ecosystems to converge

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Shared modes of transport will continue to grow in significance and the ecosystems of shared mobility and public transport are likely to converge as a consequence.

Collaboration between providers of shared mobility and public transport will greatly enhance services

So says Berg Insight as it releases new findings on the market for public transport and shared mobility services.

The firm’s research suggests the market for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for public transport is in a growth phase which will continue in the years to come. The public transport market is impacted by a number of trends, including several ITS-related developments that can alter the playing field for the solution providers on this market. Several parallel technology developments are currently transforming the public transport market, resulting in improved competitiveness as well as integration with alternative modes of transportation.

Shared modes of transportation such as carsharing, bikesharing, scootersharing and the use of ridehailing services enhance mobility and often mitigate the so-called first and last mile commute problem. The underlying shift in consumer preferences driving this trend is largely attributed to economic factors as well as the emergence of the mobile internet.

Closer collaboration between public transport authorities and private transportation players will result in services which are better tailored to individual needs and empower travellers. Journey planning tools represent an application area with much room for improvement. ITS technology is expected to deliver increasingly advanced journey planning and reservation tools.

“Simple fare collection and automated billing systems are also needed to ensure user-friendly payment structures, removing the need to pay for different journey sections separately,” said Levi Östling, IoT analyst, Berg Insight.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.