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This is a most fundamental question that Cities need to address – not just for mobility but for the full range of services they bring to their population.
Smart Solution Start up companies bring many advantages in their Apps. When they can be used both in the home city and when visiting other cities that bring a real benefits to users (= the same user interface). On the other hand, many city inhabitants will value a single seamless city platform where their preferences are all integrated and “remembered” across the full range of services in a city platform they can trust (more) because it’s run by a body under democratic control.
This short article looks at these questions, but much more debate and convergence between all the player will be needed to distill the best and minimise the drawbacks of each of these polar solution at this point.
29 Aug. 2019
by Rapahel Gindrat, CEO of Bestmile.
Should cities put mobility services on private MaaS platforms?
The idea of the city as a platform for carefully coordinated mobility services may indeed be a framework that can facilitate new services in urban centers.
At LA CoMotion 2018, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds suggested that cities could better manage new mobility services like ride-hailing by positioning themselves as akin to technology platforms, enabling multiple services to operate within consistent guidelines.
“We, in cities, have tried to regulate the device, the thing that showed up, instead of thinking about how we can put ourselves in the correct seat around the business model,” she said. “In Los Angeles, we’ve been thinking about how we can behave more like a product company.”