This term belongs in a set that have aaS as an ending, standing for ‘as a service’. The dictionary already has IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and Saas (software as a service). This term, MaaS, stands for mobility as a service. The implication is that something that we all used to purchase and own as individuals is run by some other organisation and we just dip in and get access or use as we need it.
The mobility that we need is to get from spot A to spot B. In the past we would have jumped into the car. Now there is a whole range of shared services which make it possible to dispense with the individually owned car. An app would allow us to begin with a trip planner and then tap into all the available services – public transport or share transport – that would get us to our destination. It would then link to booking facilities if required and finally to easy payment.