Plenary 2 – The role of MaaS in a post-covid world
At the beginning of 2020 no one could have foreseen the events that have the potential to shape our lives for a generation. The global impact of covid-19 will be felt for years to come as society and the economy begin to emerge from a period of forced isolation and inactivity. A time when the world was asked to keep its distance, something that we may all be doing in some shape or form for a long time to come.
This was a hammer blow to many in the transport industry, with travel restricted and those embarking on journeys asked to do so by car, avoiding shared transport at all costs. What is the impact of this in the longer term? What does it mean for passenger confidence and a return to public and shared transport?
For MaaS, a model with shared mobility at its core, the impact is potentially huge. What does covid-19 mean for a model that at its heart aims to encourage people from their private cars and into alternative modes?
At yet there are reasons to be optimistic. The drivers for modal shift have not suddenly disappeared. Climate change, public health and inclusive growth all remain a challenge and must not be forgotten in a post-covid world. In addition, MaaS has the potential to re-build passenger confidence. A confidence built on information, on flexibility and on convenience.
With the help of our expert speakers, this session explores the role of MaaS in a post-covid world, highlighting the challenges ahead but illustrating where MaaS can be a force for good in the months and years ahead.