MaaS: Naples 1-st ranked proposal innovates mobility

by Jun 3, 2023Transportation news0 comments

New impetus to the project MaaS4Naples. The Municipality convenes the mobility actors who have joined the project for developing Mobility-as-a-Service in Naples.

New impetus for sustainability

The mobility actors and the Universities sign the participation agreements during the meeting. The Municipality of Naples asks for a new impetus to the project MaaS4Naples. On Sustainable Mobility Week, the City informs the public of the project. It will help change citizens’ perception of the city’s transportation services and orient travel behavior more rationally. The project will boost mobility paradigms more conveniently for individual users and economically, environmentally, and energetically sustainable.

New impetus from universities

The project involves the University of Naples Federico II as a scientific advisor. Furthermore, Federico II and the universities Vanvitelli and Suor Orsola Benincasa will develop a MaaS platform for university students, giving new impetus to the project.
The discussion and development of this new mobility concept for Naples will involve the international master’s degree MSc-TEAM.

The project is presented under the initiatives of the week for sustainable mobility. Professor Bifulco underlines the impact of the Mobility-as-a-Service paradigm on sustainability and the importance for Naples to be entirely consistent with the national conceptual framework of the project MaaS4Italy. The project MaaS4Naples is also a chance for the study program students in Transportation Engineering and Mobility to cooperate with the Municipality of Naples.

More about MaaS

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is a concept that aims to revolutionize transportation by providing a comprehensive and integrated approach to mobility. It combines various transportation services into a single, accessible, user-friendly platform, allowing users to seamlessly plan, book, and pay for their journeys. The main advantages of Mobility-as-a-Service are:

  1. Convenience: it provides users with a one-stop solution for planning and booking various modes of transportation, including buses, trains, taxis, rideshares, and more. This convenience simplifies travel planning and reduces needing multiple apps or ticket purchases.
  2. Improved Access to Transportation: can enhance transportation access, especially in areas with limited public transit options. By incorporating multiple modes, it can provide better coverage and connectivity, making it easier for people to reach their destinations.
  3. Cost Savings: can help users optimize their transportation choices based on cost, time, and convenience. By offering insights into the most economical travel options, it can save users money on transportation expenses.
  4. Reduced Congestion: By encouraging the use of shared and public transportation options, MaaS has the potential to reduce traffic congestion and the associated environmental and economic costs. This can lead to shorter commute times and less pollution.
  5. Environmental Benefits: Promoting sustainable and eco-friendly transportation modes like public transit, cycling, and walking can reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.
  6. Enhanced Mobility for Vulnerable Populations: can make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, the elderly, and those who cannot afford a personal vehicle. It can help ensure equitable access to mobility options.
  7. Data-Driven Insights: platforms collect data on user preferences, travel patterns, and transportation system performance. This data can be used to optimize transportation services, urban planning, and traffic management.
  8. Reduced Need for Car Ownership: can reduce the dependence on personal car ownership, particularly in urban areas. This can lead to reduced congestion, lower parking demand, and less need for vehicle maintenance.
  9. Increased Transportation Efficiency: can lead to more efficient transportation systems by coordinating routes and services, reducing empty vehicle trips, and promoting shared mobility options.
  10. Innovation and Competition: The ecosystem encourages innovation, leading to the development of new transportation services and technologies. Increased competition can lead to improved service quality and affordability.
  11. Integration with Smart Cities: MaaSaligns with the goals of smart city initiatives by integrating transportation with other urban services like energy management, waste collection, and public safety.
  12. Scalability: platforms can be scaled and customized to suit the needs of different cities and regions, making them adaptable to various urban contexts.
  13. Customer Engagement: providers can engage users with personalized recommendations, incentives for sustainable travel choices, and loyalty programs, fostering a sense of community and environmental responsibility.

It’s important to note that the success of Mobility-as-a-Service depends on factors such as infrastructure development, public and private sector collaboration, regulatory frameworks, and user adoption. While MaaS offers many advantages, addressing challenges like data privacy, payment integration, and interoperability between transportation providers is crucial for its widespread implementation and effectiveness.

About Cino Bifulco
Cino Bifulco is a Faculty Member of the University of Naples Federico II. On behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, he contributed to drafting the national guidelines for the digital transformation of road infrastructure (Smart Road). On behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, he participated in the drafting of the European Commission's Strategic Transport Research Agenda on the topic of connected and automated transport. The Ministry of University and Research appointed him to the working group to draft the National Research Plan 2021-2027. He is a member of the European Commission's Group E01941 on Intelligent Transport Systems (Cooperative - ITS subgroup) and a member of the National Technical Committee "Autonomous and Connected Driving" of the AIPCR (Permanent International Association of Road Congresses) - World Association. Cino is the Director of the Study Program in Transportation Engineering and Mobility.


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