Transportation today

Below are some statistics and charts on the current state of transport in the UK. The figures show a high degree of car ownership, yet serious underutilisation. The car is the most common choice for trips and is used to travel further than any other mode. This is important considering the high cost of vehicle ownership, congestion, environmental issues, and the increased demand for space on our roads and in our cities.

Source: DfT, 2018 [TSGB0103-0105]


Source: DfT, 2017 [TSGB0101]

76% of UK households own at least one car

[National Travel Survey: England 2017]

Privately owned cars spend only 4% of time in-use

[RAC Foundation, 2012]

Public transport is crucial to our cities and people.

Economic: Introducing public transport to an area increases the sales of businesses, the value of residential property, and productivity. It expands the radius of those without a car, allowing them to reach employers, commercial areas and so on.

A shared vehicle, such as a bus or a carpool, takes up less road space per person than a single occupancy vehicle (SOV). Such high use of SOVs has lead to a high demand for physical infrastructure, such as a new road, creating economic and environmental challenges.

Social: Public transport has been shown to improve health and well being of riders who often walk or bike to transit hubs - this could ease the burden on health services. Public transport also allows access to travel for low-income earners, the elderly, and people with disabilities. PT is often the fastest, safest and cheapest means of connecting work, family and social activities.

Environmental: A high adoption of public transport removes cars from urban spaces and reduces air pollution from cities. These benefits can be realised with a shift to shared mobility and a decrease in the use of private vehicles.


Mobility as a Service

The future of transport is autonomous, electrified, and shared. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is described by Transport Systems Catapult as “a digital interface to source and manage the provision of a transport related service(s) which meets the mobility requirement of a customer.”

Key characteristics of MaaS:

  • Shift from privately-owned vehicles to mobility consumed as a service

    • Sold in PAYG and monthly subscriptions forms

  • Multimodal - covering all transport needs

    • Aggregates various operators and services

  • Digital interface

    • Journey planner, payments, mobile ticketing, personalisation

    • Communication platform for transport operators

  • Data driven for all stakeholders

What role does Vennle play?

Vennle is developing MaaS analytics software. We think of the transport network as a enormous supply and demand problem, at both the highest and most intricate levels. We believe that MaaS can become a tool for optimising our current transport networks.

The role of Vennle:

  • Transport data analytics

    • Real-time traveller demand monitoring

    • Vehicle supply monitoring

    • Automated actions and ‘nudges’

  • Data broker for Transport Operators and MaaS Providers

  • Monitor supply, predict demand. Control supply, guide demand.

    • Monitor, analyse and compare data on transport network and traveller needs

    • Nudge travellers towards less congested routes or vehicles via their MaaS app

    • Offer actions for Transport Operators to redistribute vehicles

    • Optimise resources (road space, vehicles, time etc)

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Benefits of MaaS with Vennle’s analytics approach

Vennle & MaaS key benefits:

  • Increased efficiency of urban public transport

    • Optimising utilisation of vehicles, operator metrics (ridership, profit, sales etc), transport infrastructure

  • Managing demand of road use in cities

    • Reduce road congestion by driving use of shared transport over single-occupancy vehicles

    • Improve air quality by driving use of public transport

    • Lessen need for additional physical infrastructure (incl roads, tube lines) ensuring we use what we have to the best effect

  • Greater ease-of-use for the traveller

    • Planning, booking and ticketing under one app from a MaaS provider

  • Higher quality data and analytics

    • Improved decision making for transport operators, city planners and governments

    • Opens up potential for new products and services