TomTom, Moovit and Microsoft partner for mobility solution
MaaS provider Moovit has teamed up with TomTom and Microsoft’s Azure Maps to create a new multi-modal trip planner intended to help developers build more comprehensive mobility apps.
The partnership sees Moovit’s transit APIs combined with TomTom’s routing API and traffic API to create full multi-modal mapping capabilities with precise ETAs for developers on Azure Maps.
The solution was demonstrated at last week’s MOVE conference at ExCel London, showing 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.
Chris Pendleton, head of Azure Maps, said: “Over the last few years cities have experienced rising urban sprawl, where residents of metropolitan areas have been pushed out towards suburban areas, often beyond the limits of public transit lines. With most jobs still residing in densely populated cities, the typical commute is becoming multimodal: requiring the suburbanite to first drive to a public transit stop and continue their commute on a train, bus, scooter or bike. 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 optimization.”
The new APIs are in addition to the transit API integration Microsoft and Moovit announced last November.
Moovit co-founder and CEO Nir Erez said: “I couldn’t be more pleased that our relationship with Microsoft has evolved to the point where we’re adding more of our transit APIs, combined with TomTom’s Routing API and Traffic API, to create full multi-modal mapping capabilities for developers on Azure Maps with precise ETAs. This will lead to commuters having the best option to plan a trip combining legs on public transit, ride-sharing, bike or scooter, and other legs by car, including finding available parking lot spaces in real-time.”
“Blending TomTom’s specific auto and parking lot data with Moovit’s multi-modal trip planning gives Azure Maps an unprecedented view of every facet of urban mobility,” Pendleton added. “No one else has provided this comprehensive level of service in one solution.”