3 questions to ask any transport start-up in 2020

As we start a new year (and also a new decade) some entrepreneurs and innovative types will be thinking about novel ideas and approaches to transportation for the year(s) ahead. And quite possibly utilising modern technology and maybe even a micro-mobility solution.
Therefore perhaps Hayden’s idea of a solar-powered skateboard start-up in Glasgow might eventually become a reality. But we significantly doubt it! 🙂

So if you’re looking to launch a new transport provider or mobility service, here are a few questions you should be asking yourself:

  1. Are you planning to create an online account to enable your customers to self-serve? (e.g. to register, log in, check their status, view their usage and pay)
  2. Are you expecting that at some (any) point in the future your transport service will be part of a wider and integrated mobility platform or proposition?
  3. Would it be beneficial to any of your customers to have an end-to-end view of all their transport contracts and usage

If the answer to any of these three questions if “yes”, the perhaps you should consider adopting the Open Transport account interoperability standard from the beginning. And then implementing this as an API, so that important (non personal) data such as ticketing, journey and discount information can be exchanged.
The details are available to view here and from 3rd January 2020 this will be an Open Standards, able to be used without cost.

Plus… if you are serious about your Transport Service account API being found, you could register it with our centralised transport operator API look-up service too.
For more details contact: hayden@opentransport.co.uk

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