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MaaS: The transportation of tomorrow

MaaS: The transportation of tomorrow

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Today's cities will grow fast: An estimated 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050[1]. Even today, a comfortable trip from point A to point B is central to quality of life in major cities. Coupled with environmental and economic factors such as air pollution and congestion, traditional urban transportation faces some serious challenges. The answer: Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

MaaS refers to flexible urban solutions which work across mobility, planning and payment platforms to give the user a seamless, comfortable mobility experience. MaaS combines conventional public transportation with new, innovative forms: ride-hailing, car-sharing, bike-sharing, air taxis, right down to the micro-mobility of e-scooters. MaaS benefits businesses, people and urban environments. It is an ideal solution as we face growing concerns in urbanized sprawl, transportation congestion and rethinking of sustainable mobility in the new digital landscape, also known as zero emissions.

At a glance MaaS is:

  • Convenient: across multiple mobility and payment platforms
  • Economically efficient: transparently priced, less expensive than private cars
  • Flexible: micro-mobility is everywhere in today's cities
  • Citizen-centric: MaaS focuses on the passenger's comfort, health and safety
  • Reliable: Secure and easy modern payment and ticketing modalities

MaaS will make urban mobility more personal, more comfortable, safer and better for the environment of tomorrow's mega-cities. Seamless accessibility across multiple platforms will make cities traffic much more efficient, rendering the passenger's choices more dynamic, complementing static forms of transportation with micro-mobility options. And the movement has already begun! Let's take a look at where Mobility as a Service is headed…

Moving through a day

9c8f2140-721d-4595-a102-7c5d9510a4cc.PNGLet's join Justine, an engineering student at Sorbonne Université in Paris, to see how MaaS and a variety of Infineon products help her through her daily routine. Justine's day begins at home in the suburb of Clamart when her phone wakes her at 5 am. It uses from Infineon to tell her IoT-capable coffee machine that she's awake, and after brewing a fresh latte for Justine, switches back to power saving mode automatically.

Today Justine will be attending lecture at the Sorbonne's Curie campus, in the Latin Quarter. While enjoying her coffee, Justine checks traffic in Clamart on her phone: No morning rush yet. She books a car share for the short drive to her local Metro station. She leaves her apartment, locking the smart door with an Infineon enabled NFC ring .

Arriving at the Metro station, she realizes she's left her monthly pass, a Calypso-based smartcard, at home – pas de problem: The pass is also stored virtually in her smartphone's transit app, which she uses to pass through the Metro turnstile.

After enjoying her favorite podcast on the ride into town with noise-cancelling ear pods featuring Infineon's silicon microphones , Justine realizes that she's running a little late. She decides to grab a quick bike share instead of the leisurely stroll to campus. After dropping off the bike at the lecture hall, she signs on to the attendance list using an NFC token in her smart bracelet

Justine decides to meet some friends for lunch, conveniently paid with her new payment ring, whose security chip supported by wireless charging capability makes payment more intuitive than ever before.  The ring is tapped against a mobile payment terminal which uses Infineon Wi-Fi for secure uplink.

Afterwards, for a quick spin along the banks of the Seine the group grabs some e-scooters afterwards. These eco-friendly scooters are kept connected and up-to-date using Infineon’s advanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® solutions, featuring low power and robust wireless connectivity for IoT.

Hours later, as the sun sets Justine parks the scooter at the Metro station for the trip back to Clamart. She uses the payment function in her ring to buy some water, waves her phone over the turnstile once again and settles in comfortably for the rest of this morning's podcast. Since her traffic app shows the streets filling up in Clamart, she decides to take another bike share from the station to her home.

Moving ahead

MaaS is more than just technologized commuting. It interactively organizes variety of novel mobility options to create a seamless, comfortable travel experience.

Infineon products enable MaaS to transform the daily commute of people into an efficient, flexible journey through an interactive landscape. Infineon’s cutting-edge work in the Near Field Communications Forum (NFC Form and the Calypso Network Alliance (CAN) is helping to pioneer innovations in MaaS as the service scales to support sustainability and to handle these issues. As the megacities of tomorrow take shape, Infineon is helping make them greener, easier to navigate and more comfortable.

Here’s a list of all Infineon products mentioned in this article:

For more information on MaaS, click here.

Reference: [1] https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/cities-sustainability-innovation-global-goals/