Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for mobility and transport, said: "All too often 'Brussels' is used as a synonym for 'heavy regulator'. In ITS and especially as regards journey planners we need to take a different path. We need to break down barriers. Small and innovative companies need access to travel data, so that they can develop real door-to-door solutions. And we need more and better cooperation between transport operators, industries, developers and Member States."
The European Commission has published an analysis of the current situation of multimodal travel planners in Europe and its plans for the way forward
The multimodal journey planners currently available are all limited either geographically or in their coverage of transport modes, rarely offering cross-border information. The Commission is giving new momentum to efforts to develop Europe-wide all-in-one journey planners that would allow planning and booking journeys involving several means of transport with a single online tool, even across borders. The publication of this analysis coincides with the 10th European ITS Congress, one of Europe's largest events in Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) that is taking place in Helsinki on 16th and 17th June 2014.