Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can be briefly described as a concept that aims to fulfil individuals' mobility needs in a sustainable way by combining different transport services, potentially offering a path for breaking out of individual and societal car dependence. The combination of integration across modes, information and payment systems, as well as customization for different user needs relies on the development of various technologies. In addition, these integration and customization efforts enabled by wider digitalization are related to many collaboration opportunities and challenges across diverse sets of actors.
As we are witnessing MaaS emergence across the world, research on MaaS is accumulating rapidly. Previous research considered different perspectives on MaaS conceptualization and implementation, understanding roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, and anticipating desired and undesired implications for transport systems and society at large.
This article collection aims to provide additional breadth and depth to the MaaS literature with studies across Europe and the world, focusing on a range of underlying implemented and envisioned MaaS technologies and services. In order to unpack the full complexity of dynamic innovation and implementation processes, studies in this collection use diverse methodological approaches, spanning from modelling to business model analysis. In addition, collected studies rely on a multitude of conceptual frameworks, drawing from engineering to service design to psychology. The papers of the topical collection will be of interest to European and international transport researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.