After three and a half years, the MyCorridor project comes to an end after an exciting journey to advance cross-border Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, MyCorridor adopted a unique approach in achieving sustainable travel in urban, interurban areas and across borders.
The project looked into connecting services from various service providers and provide the traveller with alternatives to replace their own vehicle trip with combined shared vehicles and multimodal transport solutions, incorporating in addition Traffic Management and added value services. MyCorridor covered the MaaS concept from different perspectives: legal, technical, business and operational. This work led to the development of the MyCorridor App and the promotion of a unique Mobility token MaaS approach.
After a first phase of pilot tests conducted in spring 2019, the five pilot sites of the project– Amsterdam, Athens, Prague, Rome and Salzburg – tested the newly developed MyCorridor App from summer to autumn 2020 with real users in real life conditions. During the second phase, despite COVID-19, MyCorridor registered 934 trips in total with 160 users participating across its sites.
MyCorridor paves the way for cross-border MaaS by setting an important example of how transport services can be integrated into a single mobile application that provides personalised services and single access payment and tokens for their trips. MyCorridor was able to attract mobility service providers such as Karhoo to join the platform and integrate its services within the MyCorridor MaaS Platform. The results and lessons learned – available in public – address technical, operational, and business aspects from the project, setting an important precedent and example for future research and innovation activities.
In addition to the pilot testing and development of the MaaS app, MyCorridor organised three pan-European workshops with external stakeholders from the transport arena; transport and mobility service providers, research bodies, authorities and associations. The workshops focused on different aspects of MaaS: legal issues, common standard for digital mobility services (technical APIs), business models and the role of traffic management in MaaS. During MyCorridor’s final workshop, a discussion of the lessons learned was held to further identify the areas in which MaaS needs to develop further.
Moreover, MyCorridor was successful in creating a fruitful relationship with the MaaS Alliance which led to a joint effort to explore a common MaaS API. This collaboration aims at streamlining the currently cumbersome and time-consuming API integration process of the various transport services. The initiative was also welcomed by two other MaaS projects; MaaS4EU and IMOVE. Last but not least, and in alignment with the collaboration with MaaS Alliance, MyCorridor is participating and contributing to the standardisation initiatives, committed to contribute further in near-future and beyond the end of the project.