As every month, find our selection of three news in the mobility sector. In August, MaaS was in the spotlight. From the integration in Google Maps of a feature so long-awaited by motorists, to the first test of the future biggest MaaS app
and 11 million euros raised by a MaaS startup. Focus on these news that marked this summer 2021.
Google Maps : soon the price of tolls ?
After the Voi's integration, Google Maps continues to expand its features! According to Android Police, Google has sent a survey to members of their Preview program, informing them of the upcoming integration of toll prices in Maps. An essential piece of information that is missing in most route planning platforms. Indeed, if most of them identify toll roads, few displays the rate. This is a useful feature that allows you to filter and classify different routes based on price.
Although Google has not yet specified how it wants to collect these prices. It is probable that the Californian group will rely on data from Waze. Company-owned since 2013, which has allowed it to integrate the display of level crossings. Added by the Waze community, the prices are mainly estimates based on the day of the week, the time of day, the type of vehicle, the itinerary, or even subscriptions and parameters.
Because toll prices in Waze are estimations, they don’t replace actual prices set by the toll operators, which are published on their websites and road signs.GOOGLE SUPPORT - WAZE HELP
MaaS Jakarta: Successful first test
A few months ago, we announced the beginning of the development of "one of the most ambitious future MaaS platforms in the world". A super app, integrating Lyko's API, in order to cover the mobility needs of nearly 30 million inhabitants and to offer grouped booking and door-to-door trip planning.
After 3 months of hard work, the first tests were carried out on the PT Jak Lingo Indonesia network. Tested on different modes of transport (bus, metro, train…) on August 18 & 19, the tests were very conclusive. Both in terms of payment through the application and the smart card. As stated by Syafrin Liputo, head of DKI Jakarta transport agency, "From the test results, it was pretty good. It was read from the payment system, as well as from the application. This phased implementation is completed according to the previous target which was aimed at mid-August 2021″
Due to the implementation of level 4 community activity restrictions (PPKM) until August 23, due to the pandemic, the launch has been postponed to mid-September 2021. A Jak Lingo app that is expected to eventually have over 1 million active users and several tens of millions of rides per month.
MaaS Global: €11 million raised in Series B
Creator of the MaaS application Whim, the Finnish startup has announced in its latest press release that it has closed a new round of financing for 11 million euros. Among the new investors, we find the Spanish transport infrastructure company Ferrovial, a reference shareholder since the acquisition last May of the corporate mobility platform, Wondo. But also the participation of the Finnish investment company Tesi.
“We are very proud of the strong investor support received as part of this extension round. This provides us with further credibility in the MaaS scene globally, strengthens our position as the industry forerunner of MaaS and gets us ready for further scaling”Sampo Hietanen, CEO and Founder of MaaS Global
An investment that will allow the company to continue developing its B2C service with Whim. But also its B2B products. With an initial Series B closing of €29.5 million, announced in November 2019, now the group's total investment amounts to €65 million to date. With as investors : BP Ventures, Mitsubishi Corporation, Toyota Financial Services, Swiftcom, Karsan, Transdev, Aioi Nissay Dowa, Denso, NordicNinja Mitsui Fudosan and Veho.