Roberto Palacin is coordinating the consortium of the project MyCorridor. He has been working in academia researching transport for 20 years and involved in multiple projects related to modal shift, public transport and innovative approaches to mobility. He is also interested in the opportunities digitalisation is bringing not only in transport but also in the society. Roberto is passionate about sustainable urban mobility solutions and will share with us some insights on MyCorridor latest developments.
MyCorridor project will soon be experiencing some live testing. Can you tell us a bit more about what will happen?
Pilots are core to the activities of MyCorridor. The pilot sites are the theatre where we will be testing all our ideas and innovations. We are planning to do six corridors across Europe.
We will be testing this in two phases:
- (i) the first phase in early 2019 where we will do a proof of concept, to test if the platform works well;
- (ii) the second phase will be around six pilots in mid-2019: we will have a real-life usage of the platforms with end users in several cities: Rome, Salzburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels and across Germany. The idea is to create an international corridor going from the South of Europe to the north of Europe.
Can you tell us a bit more about the one stop shop app that will be developed as part of MyCorridor?
MyCorridor project will develop a platform that will create an ecosystem of mobility services offered to end users. The development of the user interface will be a “one stop shop”: it will gather all the mobility services offered match-making them to the preferences of end users. We hope that this platform, as all MaaS platforms, will break down barriers between public and private transport. We want to integrate, for instance, car sharing with public transport on the same journey and in a seamless way.
MyCorridor project is organising workshops to present its activities. Can you tell us more about these workshops?
Some of the events organised by MyCorridor are open to a broader audience than just consortium members. This was the case for our workshop in London last February and we will again repeat that in Rome on November 16th. These events raise a lot of interest from different groups and we are glad to open the door to a wider audience.
This November, the workshop in Rome is designed to engage with a wider community working on mobility as a service (MaaS). One area of research we want to focus on in the project is the business models. A lot of organisations are trying to figure out what will be the successful business models for mobility as a service. We also want to engage with service providers, who are core to these business models and who might be interested in testing how MaaS can help them and contribute to the pilot tests. We really hope to see many of them in Rome to discuss the future pilots.
What are the challenges going forward?
This is a research project and we are exploring things that have not been tested yet. There is always a risk when you are being innovative. Many of the fundamentals of MaaS still are to be fully understood. My Corridor project is not only about developing an app, it is also organising pilot tests, ensuring end users acceptability, identifying all the legal aspects, data sharing, data protection… Our challenge is to combine all those elements and to demonstrate them through our pilots. We want to engage with as much service providers as possible.
Our partners in the consortium are working now in order to put in motion all those aspects. For instance, we have our colleagues from Swarco working on the implementation of TM2.0 within our platform. Colleagues from Osborne Clarke are working on the legal framework, notably on the viability of the data sharing within the business model. TomTom is providing essential traffic information. Several partners, led by CERTH Institute in Greece are developing the actual platform. Finally, we count on IRU for the communication and dissemination activities and the liaison with the MaaS Alliance.
For more information about the workshop organised on November 16 in Rome, you can find the agenda and register here: bit.ly/2OlGGPO
Want to get in touch with Roberto Palacin? Contact him at roberto.palacin[@]ncl.ac.uk