Innovation & Technology
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...
‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

How Ipswich-based ITO World is using its expertise in data management and visualisation to help make cities smarter and transport more intelligent   ITO World’s award-winning visualisation capabilities allow transport professionals to see and intuitively explore complex data from multiple sources   There’s been an explosion of big data and open data in transport and...
Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Council-owned operator sets out a demanding specification that aims to stimulate new innovations from manufacturers and evolve vehicle design   Reading Buses has ordered Wrightbus StreetDecks for its 2016 vehicle intake   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has revealed how it intends to challenge the bus manufacturing community over the next three years with a...
Emerging technologies - friend or foe?

Emerging technologies – friend or foe?

The view at this month’s IT-TRANS show was that app-based mobility will bring huge changes, but public transport will remain the backbone in cities   Left to right: Timothy Papandreou, Martin Röhrleef and Scott Cain is Chief Business Officer of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult   Emerging technologies like app-based mobility and autonomous vehicles look...
‘Summer of Smart’ will take Scotland forward

‘Summer of Smart’ will take Scotland forward

This summer will see major progress towards the Scottish Government’s vision for delivering smart, integrated ticketing, and there’s more to come   Derek Mackay and Cathy Craig at Glasgow Central   Smartcard technology will be live across every ScotRail route by the end of this summer in the biggest ever expansion of smart electronic ticketing...
Transdev Blazefield links with app developer

Transdev Blazefield links with app developer

Transdev Blazefield has announced a strategic partnership with app developer Find My Bus   Joel Kidd (left) founder of Find My Bus with Transdev Blazefield’s Alex Hornby   It is almost nine years since Apple launched the first generation iPhone, starting a revolution in not only the way people communicate, but work, shop and play...
Cubic’s multi-modal ‘Check in Be Out’ trial

Cubic’s multi-modal ‘Check in Be Out’ trial

System offers account-based ticketing with reduced infrastructure     Cubic is preparing to begin an extended, multi-modal trial of its mobile ‘Check in Be Out’ ticketing system in Germany following a smaller pilot last year in Soest, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The new trial will take place initially on six buses and three trains...
21st Century embraces a new route for 2016

21st Century embraces a new route for 2016

Transport technology firm 21st Century is expanding its reach with a new strategy that sees it move towards providing integrated on-vehicle solutions     2016 sees technology company 21st Century adopting a new strategy that extends the range and reach of the solutions that it provides to the transport sector. The move aims to capitalise...
Digital disruption tool wins HackTrain event

Digital disruption tool wins HackTrain event

A tool that is designed to provide rail users with better information during times of disruption won funding of £25,000 at this year’s HackTrain event   Digital developers at work on the HackTrain   More than 120 digital developers from around the world took part in this year’s HackTrain event which brought together the rail...