Driving the future of sharing-based transportation
What’s more, if operators and their technology providers create open APIs, others can use those resources to improve all sorts of transportation services, including public transit. Tim Papandreou of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency frequently bemoaned his "dumb wallet," filled with nearly a dozen access cards to the various transportation services in San Francisco. He said a smartphone application integrated with local shared-mobility services would not only make consumers' lives easier, but would also discourage private vehicle use. When it's clear just how many modes of transportation are available, the perceived need for a private vehicle will diminish. But this kind of development is not possible without open data and entrepreneurs who can put it to work.
The summit’s attendees were palpably excited about this catalyzing moment for shared-use mobility. Everyone left the summit with plans for further collaboration and anticipation for a forthcoming white paper by the TSRC that will help eliminate policy barriers for operators. Political strategist Jason Pavluchuk is planning a second summit to be held in the spring of 2014.
This article originally appeared on Shareable.net.
Slideshow photo by Σπύρος Βάθης.