The UK government has set out in its Industrial Stratergy, 4 Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industry’s future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.
One of the many concepts being discussed in the Future of Mobility arena is in respect that, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) will have major impacts on the way we live, the structure of our cities, the way we move and pay for mobility and for people working in the mobility market.
- MaaS – describes services which allows users to plan and book travel on multiple modes of transport from different providers in a single transaction.
- CAV – though this could be any type of vehicle, we are focusing on a shuttle type service with 12-15 seat capacity and pods, or equivalent (2 seat capacity).
- First and Last Mile Journeys – in a location providing most data to understand MaaS and MaaS:CAV scenarios with a varity of transport modes and user journeys. Bicester has been chosen as a starting point for investigation, with the expectation to apply these learnings to other areas in Oxfordshire including Culham, Blenheim Palace and Oxford.
The study hopes to identify potential benefits, risks, economic and business cases in the MaaS:CAV arena to enable key stakeholders in the UK mobility eco-system (local authorities and private sector) to develop realistic future plans on the utilisation of CAVs for the communities they are serving.