Innovation & Technology
Paris - a city of big challenges and big ideas

Paris – a city of big challenges and big ideas

Ahead of the Transports Publics 2018 show in June, we toured exciting innovations in host city Paris   A bus parks itself at Lagny bus depot Île-de-France – the “Parisian Region” – covers only 2.2% of mainland France, but its 12 million inhabitants represent almost a fifth of the population. It is therefore a region...
TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

Businesses are being asked to express interest in trialling a new TfL service that would operate flexibly in an area in need of improved public transport     Transport for London announced last week that it is exploring the potential of using a new ‘demand responsive’ TfL bus service to enhance London’s public transport network,...
Car ownership is dying,  and MaaS is the future

Car ownership is dying, and MaaS is the future

Mobility as a Service has the potential to transform our society by changing the way we travel. There’s some way to go, but the revolution has started     By JOHAN HERRLIN, Ito World We’re on the verge of a huge shift in the way we live and travel. Ownership was long considered the pinnacle of...
Uber and ‘new players’ join UITP subsection

Uber and ‘new players’ join UITP subsection

Brussels-based association welcomes new members     UITP, the international association of public transport, has welcomed a number of ‘new players’ as members. Ride-hailing taxi app provider Uber is among the new members of the Brussels-based association, along with Door2Door, Citymapper, Moovel, Via, Grab, Ola, Yandex, 99 and Upstream. UITP has created a new membership...
Mobility as a Service is not a ‘magic bullet’

Mobility as a Service is not a ‘magic bullet’

ITS (UK) responds to parliamentary inquiry     ITS (UK)’s ‘Mobility as a Service’ Interest Group has responded to the Transport Select Committee’s MaaS inquiry agreeing that there is significant global and UK interest in the concept, but warning that, unless done right, it could actually risk moving people from public transport to on-demand cars....
Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

Leon Daniels urges UK Bus Awards audience to embrace innovation and think about the future   Leon Daniels: ‘Everybody wants progress but nobody wants change’   Leon Daniels was thinking about the future when he addressed the UK Bus Awards in London last week. His own future, and the future of the bus industry. Daniels,...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a railway station – to some...
VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

Transdev Blazefield is expanding its VAMOOZ crowd-sources buses brand to the south with a launch of a new licensing deal with Reading Buses   Alex Hornby and Martijn Gilbert alongside the first VAMOOZ-branded vehicle for the Reading Buses fleet   Transdev Blazefield has announced an expansion of VAMOOZ, its crowd-sourced bus service brand, with a...
First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

Group partners with California’s GoMentum Station   First has been investigating autonomous vehicles since late last year   FirstGroup has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station, a California-based proving ground, to carry out research into shared autonomous vehicles. GoMentum Station in Concord, California, is a 2,000-hectare test facility where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)...
Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap chief executive Thomas Ableman is aiming to transform the perception of coaches by creating an Airbnb of intercity travel   Sn-ap launched services between Nottingham and London last October   By Andrew Garnett Two years ago former National Express and then Chiltern Railways executive Thomas Ableman had an idea over dinner. It was an epiphany...
West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader     By Robert Jack Mobility as a Service, MaaS, is heralded as a concept that will propel transport into a new era – and later this...
Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial   Three new Mercedes-Benz minibuses bristling with the latest software were used for the “pop-up” trial   By Andrew Garnett It was at the ALBUM Conference in 2015 were Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian...