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European Commissioner voices support for new mobility technologies and services

Publication date: 29 March 2016

On 21 March, FIA member and President of the Automóvel Club de Portugal Carlos Barbosa met European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

The Commissioner voiced his support for innovative mobility services and technologies. He said: “The mobility sector will be changing in the coming years and we will see the development of new solutions to tackle some of the societal problems that we face today. Automation, electrification and digitalisation will be some of the key enablers that will drive the change.”

In the meeting, they discussed how the development of Mobility as a Service will help to streamline the daily commute. Carlos Barbosa said: “We are hoping to receive strong support from the European Commission towards the development of Mobility as a Service throughout Europe. The Mobility Clubs of the FIA are working to promote the development of new mobility services that place the user at the centre. Innovation in the transport sector can unlock the full potential of all transport modes and infrastructure. For this, we need the full support of the European Institutions when it comes to modernising the legislative framework in Europe.”

The way forward to solve some of the important mobility challenges is to create new, sustainable mobility offers for consumers. The key concept behind Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is offering users tailor made mobility solutions based on their individual needs. This means that, for the first time, easy access to the most appropriate transport mode or service will be included in a bundle of flexible travel service options. The Mobility as a Service Alliance has begun work on a plan for the strategic development of MaaS in Europe. The FIA plays a leading role in the Alliance.


Notes to editors

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Andrea Campbell
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