Innovation & Technology
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...
Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months   Over 1,200 trips have been made using the touchless technology on the space-themed Shuttle 662 route   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transdev subsidiary The Keighley Bus Company...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they believe that the bus industry...
Innovation is at the heart of our business

Innovation is at the heart of our business

Low emission buses, new app-based mobility solutions and driverless shuttles are just some of the innovations that RATP Dev is delivering   Commuters in Bristol can use the Slide app to book their ride   By Laurence Batlle CEO, RATP Dev As more of us crowd into our already crowded cities, it’s clear the way we...
App aims to create crowdsourced buses

App aims to create crowdsourced buses

Transdev Blazefield is in the process of finalising its new VAMOOZ app that promises to bring the concept of crowdsourcing to the bus industry     Many businesses are turning to alternative means in order to finance business expansion with crowdsourcing amongst the most popular method, but could the trend be about to make its...
First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First Bus demonstrates 75% improvement in boarding times if customers switch from cash to mTickets, and seeks to raise awareness of tech options   mTickets are now used to pay for around one million First Bus passenger journeys a week   First Bus has launched one of its biggest ever marketing campaigns to show its...
Taking a ride on Slide - a new option

Taking a ride on Slide – a new option

RATP Dev’s pioneering app-based ‘Slide Bristol’ travel solution is an attractive new option   A The Slide app is very easy to use   By Robert Jack Is this public transport’s answer to Uber? August saw the launch in Bristol of ‘Slide’, a new app-based shared ride service developed by French group RATP Dev. It...
The fascinating concept with a terrible name

The fascinating concept with a terrible name

Transport Systems Catapult held a conference last week in Birmingham on the game-changing ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept. But what exactly is it?   Could new ‘Mobility as a Service’ providers enjoy a healthy symbiotic relationship with public transport?   By ROBERT JACK So what exactly is ‘Mobility as a Service?’” asked Alex Warner. I...