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Mobility leaders and Microsoft develop multi-modal trip planner

Moovit and TomTom have joined forces with the software company to create a solution that identifies all of the driving, parking and public transit options in a single package

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The companies have combined to deliver multi-modal trip planning
The companies have combined to deliver multi-modal trip planning

Moovit and TomTom have teamed with Microsoft to introduce a comprehensive multi-modal trip planner.

 

The urban mobility partners’ solution seeks to reduce congestion in cities and that will enable developers to build richer apps for consumers to get around their cities.

 

Identifying all options

 

Executives from mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) provider and transit app, Moovit, location technology specialist, TomTom, and Microsoft’s Azure Maps unveiled the trip planner at the Move conference at ExCel London.

 

It identifies all of the driving, parking, and public transit options, and surfaces them in a single package for map users.

 

The solution, which is powered by Moovit’s transit APIs with driving and parking information using TomTom’s APIs, shows the options for driving a car from a suburb to a parking lot near a transit station, riding transit into the city and completing the journey on transit, on foot, via car-sharing or on a scooter or bike.

 

The partners claim no other urban mobility solution offers real-time drive, park, and transit information within one trip plan.

“With most jobs still residing in densely populated cities, the typical commute is becoming multi-modal"

Through integration with Azure Maps, Microsoft’s location intelligence platform for the Azure cloud, developers will be able to integrate multi-modal trip planning to their Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, smart city and logistics solutions.

 

“With most jobs still residing in densely populated cities, the typical commute is becoming multi-modal: requiring the suburbanite to first drive to a public transit stop and continue their commute on a train, bus, scooter or bike,” said Chris Pendleton, head of Azure Maps.

 

“The number of decisions that fall on the commuter to make are also greater than ever before – from choosing between transit options to estimating parking availability – and this solution lifts that burden from them by tackling complete first-mile and last-mile optimisation.”

 

The value of location data

 

The new APIs are in addition to the transit API integration Microsoft and Moovit announced last November.

 

“Location data has become more relevant and important than ever before and no one knows this better than TomTom. We have revolutionised the way that maps are updated by inventing a unique map-making platform, able to deliver a continuously up-to-date map,” added Anders Truelsen, managing director, TomTom.

 

“Our location technologies power individuals, businesses and cities to be more sustainable and get to places efficiently and safely – creating a better world.”

 

Every day, Moovit claims to manage more than five million trip plan requests and generates more than 40 million itinerary options for its more than 350 million users in more than 2,700 cities in 88 countries.

 

The company’s multi-modal trip plan engine is based on static, statistical, and real-time public transit data, as well as real-time shared bike, scooter and car-sharing data.

 

 

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