The Go-Hi Transport Mobility app has attracted new funding from the Scottish Government to provide a wider range of transport information and services to residents, tourists and business travelers in the Highlands and Islands.
The Go-Hi app, launched during the summer, provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car rentals, car clubs, bike rentals, air travel and ferries. This allows users to plan their trips and find, book and pay for all modes of transport in one place, using any iPhone or Android mobile device.
Behind the project is the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS), the regional transport partnership, which secured £ 408,772 from the second round of Transport Scotland’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) investment fund to expand Go-Hi, adding to the £ 445,170 received in the first round.
Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey MSP said he was delighted to have been able to visit Elgin and see the Go-Hi app in action.
“This is a great example of the Scottish Government working in partnership with local communities and private businesses to develop digital technology that connects many modes of transport, providing a one-stop-shop for residents and visitors”, a- he added.
“I look forward to seeing how the second phase of the pilot project will develop to meet customer requirements and test the concept of MaaS in Scotland to support modal shift.”
Go-Hi is powered by Fleetondemand’s Mobilleo Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform. The additional funding from the MaaS investment fund expands the platform with several new transport partners, including ProxiSmart, joining the current project partners, the Institute of Transport Studies Leeds University, Enterprise Car Club and Car Hire, Bewegen, Brompton Bike Hire, Stagecoach Bus, West Coast Motors, Inverness Taxis, ScotRail, Loganair, Shotl, Skedgo, Orkney Ferries and Northlink Ferries.
Councilor Allan Henderson, President of HITRANS, said: “The project will ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovation and the digitization of transportation information.
“Actions within the project will significantly improve the accessibility of travel information and the ease of payment for multiple modes of travel.”
The MaaS Investment Fund was established to test the concept of MaaS in Scotland and aims to meet the Scottish Government’s aspirations to reduce carbon emissions, improve health and develop digital and innovation in Scotland by developing digital solutions to encourage and enable modal shift. public transport and active travel alternatives.
Go-Hi is a regional and multimodal journey planning system using real-time data that offers account-based payment available to all users for all participating mobility options.
The funding obtained was for a first six-month live pilot, but thanks to an internal budget transfer and additional funding from the Stronger Combined North Sea Region project, it was possible to launch the platform for a period of time. 24 months at the end of which time, it is hoped that the platform will become durable depending on its use.