New public transit technology: How emerging tech is changing transportation

MaaS can be called an intelligent public transit technology system that allows the passenger to use apps facilitating mobile ticketing

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The role of fast-changing and innovative technology is becoming that of a game-changer when it comes to human life. The use of advanced technology for public progress is becoming the need of the hour in countries like India. It, of course, will result in better living and working for the masses.


Public transport or transit is one of the aspects in which the emergence of technology is playing a  huge role. And it will continue to rise. Environmental reasons, congestion issues, travel discomfort, commute timing chaos and heavy dependence on personal vehicles are pointers pushing public works towards investment in emerging tech. It will work positively for the public and the government in travel ease and transport management.

As mentioned, an increasing number of people are now consciously opting to use public transport. Their reasons range from a rising focus on becoming sustainable to lessening the impact of private vehicles on the environment. The government is concentrating on providing the necessary transit to support the increased ridership. For this, there is an increased need for public transit to become regularly accessible for the end user. 

The rising usage of ride-hailing apps means that many are going for transport means other than their vehicles. This crowd can become frequent and passionate users of public transit systems. Also, the rising population in urban and even smaller towns means public transport will help keep traffic issues and road work troubles to the minimum.


Easy processes and simple-to-use technology can attract young users to use public transport. With contactless technology becoming a part of young lives, one can apply it to public transportation. It can be a more practical and handy method for them to travel. 

The transport innovations will be a boon in developing the mobility network. These futuristic facilities will be intelligent, available and become a cheaper option for the public. 

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Models: MaaS can be called an intelligent public transit system that allows the passenger to use apps facilitating mobile ticketing. The end user can chart a trip anywhere in the city with a multimodal transport system. It includes using buses, metro, autos, bikes and moving walkways in any combination possible. It will allow the users to access mobility options in just one portal and pay for the same at one end. It is achievable due to the gathering of complete data by IoT and payment gateways. 


Conductor-less Ticketing: Simplifying the ticket process will work positively in handling users and minimize human interference. Conductorless ticketing can be called a proactive step towards ticket dispensing. Many countries have started this process for some time. The public transport buses have just a driver. The driver issues tickets. Or commuters can approach the ticket vending machines/devices to get them. These technological options will be the seamless solution for handling ticket issuance and validation without the involvement of the conductor or driver.

Multi modal trip planning with first mile and last mile connectivity: It can be called the latest and easy solution to ticketing troubles. Here, the product offers a feature which lets users modify their rides in an unified QR. The user has to ask for suggestions from the app. It, in turn, will suggest different options to suit their needs. It not only saves time but also provides a solution without moving anywhere.

Geo-Mapping: It is a great way to track real-time information about any public transport system, traffic issues, travel time and much more. It will allow users and transport corporations to fine-tune the system for efficiency. The result would be faster travel without costing either of the people involved any extra costs. 

The article has been written by Hiranmay Mallick, CEO and Co-Founder at Tummoc