About this Research Topic
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) describes a shift away from personally-owned modes of transportation to mobility solutions that are consumed as a service. A significant application of MaaS is a shared transportation system. It is enabled by combining transportation services from individual providers into a unified gateway that creates and manages the trip. The key concept and purpose behind a shared transportation system is to offer travelers mobility solutions based on their travel needs. Local authorities and policymakers can use a shared transportation system to source data related to travel movements. This can result in efficient usage of capacity and new transportation management tools.
MaaS is popular and has played an important role in shaping urban mobility e.g. carpooling and bike-sharing. The emerging shared transportation system is paramount to the future of urban mobility and requires further study. In the backdrop of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is useful to examine its influence and relationship with MaaS e.g. its infection and spread in various modes of shared mobility. Topics focusing on unravelling MaaS’ challenges, the ways in which we can overcome them, and the leverage of its opportunities, are to be further explored. Progress in these areas can also provide guidelines in handling hazard-related issues in the future.
Researchers are invited to address and solve issues related to urban shared transportation in this Research Topic. They are encouraged to submit either Original Research or Reviews that highlight new advances in related fields and eventually provide new insights into the mechanism of the system. The discussion can include, but is not limited to, the assessment, analysis, planning and management, and economic market regarding MaaS.
Researchers are invited to contribute to the following areas:
• Interdisciplinary questions related to MaaS such as game theory and transportation modeling
• Emerging new concepts in MaaS and the ways in which they can change public mobility choices
• Technical innovation and problems in MaaS as well as its influence over urban mobility
• The operation and business modeling of MaaS
• Novel applications of MaaS in urban mobility
• The ethical and social problems of MaaS platforms
• The sustainability of a shared urban mobility system
• The opportunities and challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to MaaS
Keywords: Mobility-as-a-Service, MaaS, Shared Transportation, Urban Mobility, Transportation Modeling, Public Mobility, MaaS Platforms
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