Apps that attempt to fulfill all transportation options in one platform could be the next major industry disruptor according to Senior Minister of State for Transport for Singapore, Janil Puthucheary.
Such apps - dubbed Mobility as a Service (MaaS) - would benefit commuters by allowing them to plan their journeys and pay for different transport modes through a single platform, he noted.
They can also support Singapore's car-lite vision by helping to shift the public away from car ownership towards public transit, as well as shared modes such as taxis and active mobility modes such as bicycles.
Similar to journey planners such as CityMapper and Google Maps, MaaS platforms allow commuters to plan their journeys across a variety of transport modes, as well as pay their fares through these apps.
In some cases, users are able to pay a flat monthly fee through the app that allows them an unlimited number of rides on public transit - a subscription-based model which Finnish start-up MaaS Global has compared to that of entertainment platforms such as Netflix and Spotify.
Dr Janil was speaking at the 16th International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Transport, otherwise known as the Thredbo Conference, held at the Nanyang Technological University.
He said the authorities are taking "as light a touch of regulation as possible" to this new development.
He compared the Government's approach to MaaS to its initial approach to ride-hailing operators, such as Grab, which helped facilitate a "smooth transition" to the new regulatory regime introduced earlier this month.
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