Isambard & MaaS
Mobility as a Service is desperately
desperately trying to improve, albeit with stacks of constraints and at a glacial rate compared to any of the Victorians including the incredible Brunel.
If you want to feel like a chronic underachiever, you can do no better than learn about the Second Greatest Briton (after Darwin but weirdly only just before Lady Di).
The fantastically named Isambard Kingdom Brunel…
..Even his name casts a shadow. Brunel was a visionary. He envisioned Mobility as a Service (MaaS) 182 years before the term was invented.
The dream lives on. BlockMark is working on MaaS today with our Ticketty Boo project in association with Go Ahead Group and LM Labs to provide ticketless ticketing.
In 1835 Brunel wanted One Ticket to rule them all; a single ticket from London to New York.
In hindsight – the dream was the easy bit. Execution is always the challenge. But being clever and of firm resolve (Isambard means ‘Iron-Bright’) he then went on to build;
The Great Western Railway
And The SS Great Britain
In between times he somehow found time to build the SS Great Western, The SS Great Eastern, The Clifton Suspension bridge, The Thames Tunnel and quite a bit more.
It is alleged that he kept his sandwiches under his hat to save time getting his packed lunch. He was that busy.
Brunel would have loved the Virgin HyperLoop. Without a doubt he was forward thinking and the greatest champion of public transport the UK has ever seen (or will ever see?).
He was also a big softie. On his death, his more comfortable broad gauge Great Western Railway was replaced by the more utilitarian Standard Gauge – to our everlasting discomfort & regret.
PS. there is some movement in crypto travel in 2019 – Argentinian transport are now accepting Bitcoin in 37 cities.