Investors are eyeing several new startups in the Mobility as a Service industry, also known as MaaS businesses. The need for fast, convenient, and affordable transportation services is picking up with many cities now opening up in various stages of the re-opening from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Companies that provide cost-effective travel and transportation services that offer extra value options. Here are 5 companies that are leading the way in Mobility as a service.
RideCell is a privately owned company that was founded in 2009. This startup has been in operation for 11 years and has established a solid track record of success. The specialty for RideCell is a platform that delivers the technology for running a carsharing or ridesharing operation as well as a hybrid of the two options. The products and services provided by RideCell give their clients an extensive automation program from end to end that covers dynamic pricing, checking identification items, onboarding new riders, and more. RideCell’s products and services offer clients assistance in building loyal rider bases and management of vehicle fleets. It offers insights into mobility patterns through machine learning for self-driving services. The company continues to aggressively pursue new autonomous technologies that are destined to be the wave of the future.
Zoox is a private company that was established in 2014. This company developed the Zoox vehicle which is similar to a car but is not designed for drivers. Rather, it is made for riders. The robotic company is in the process of developing fully autonomous vehicles. It combines machine learning, robotics, and design in pursuit of its goal of providing the world with the next generation of transportation for riders that take us into the future. The overarching goal of Zoox is to design personal transportation options that help to support the ecosystem through clean technology with a convenient and more enjoyable ride. It’s considered to be a new type of transportation. The company’s mobility as a service will be offered in dense urban regions. Zoox will take responsibility for all aspects of the ride-hailing service including driving, maintenance, charging, and upgrade of vehicles. Zoox entered into a collaboration with Amazon to pursue this venture into the autonomous vehicle industry.
EasyMile is a private company that was established in France in 2014. The company is developing a driverless electrical shuttle called the EZ10. The vehicle is EasyMile’s solution to urban personal mobility for traveling short distances within a variety of routes created through a variety of combined environments.EasyMile’s focus is on driverless or autonomous technology. The technology used by the company is highly respected earning awards for the mobility and intralogistics solutions it provides. Easymile is developing software for bringing autonomous vehicles into reality in the years to come. The new autonomous solutions that this company provides are already responsible for delivering autonomous vehicles to more than three hundred locations throughout the world. EasyMile products are in use in over 30 countries. It has built a reputation for quality products and technology that provide autonomous solutions for its clients. This MaaS technology and the automotive company is leading the way in revolutionizing the way that we travel as well as multiple other applications served by autonomous technology. EasyMile serves a variety of clients including manufacturers, logistics centers, factories, universities, airports, transport operators, city authorities, and business parks. The technology of EasyMile combines computer vision, vehicle dynamics, robotics, and deep learning. The software is adaptable for integration into a variety of vehicle platforms.
Moovit is a private company founded in Israel in 2011. The company is one of the first MaaS companies to create mobility that is fully integrated into a variety of forms of transportation. This includes car-sharing, ride-hailing, local bicycle services, and others. The company developed a simple app that works on an intuitive app for securing plan-pay-ride experiences for its clients. This unique app is branded for each client. The app provides a wallet account for payment, planning the trip to include specific pickup locations, itinerary, and dropoff places. It provides real-time arrival information for multiple modes of transportation, and more. Bike, train, bus, and other transportation type routes are included with docking and station information. The software also provides users with the ability to purchase public transport tickets as well as showing the various types of tickets available with fare prices. In some cities, the software also provides validation of your digital pass. This is one of the most comprehensive software solutions for MaaS in the world. It’s versatile and multifunctional.
1. Axon Vibe
Axon Vibe was founded in Switzerland in 2014. The company specializes in the provision of app technology and location-based artificial intelligence for public transport operators and public transport authorities. It’s designed for the orchestration of multi-modal, door to door and on-demand mobility. This revolutionary new technology is multi-faceted providing data on the movement patterns of people to anticipate modal shifts. The app is predictive of real-world human behavior through smartphone sensor data that helps public authorities and transport operators to provide relevant information to each customer to enhance their mobile experience. Axon Vibe partners with operators and authorities to provide customized smart travel solutions for achieving a smoother if not seamless flow by anticipating consumer behaviors in advance for planning and delivery of mobility services.
These five MaaS companies offer products, services, and technology within this niche of the transportation industry in different ways. Each is unique in its approach to Maas, assuming a leadership position within the market. Although different in their approach, between the five, they offer a range of Maas services that cover the gamut of current transportation needs, but also offer evolving technologies that will be useful in the future. Each company is forward-looking with plans to be around in the future when some technologies will be more commonplace within the mobility as a service industry.