SPARC Workshop
Pathways for Synergies among Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Electric Vehicles (EVs), and Multimodal Public Transit Systems

3rd June 2019

Venue: Golden Jubilee Conference Hall, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)


Emerging mobility solutions and technologies – on-demand mobility as a service (MaaS), electric vehicles (EVs), and multimodal public transit – are increasingly gaining traction in India and other countries. Yet, most implementation, research and development in these three areas is along disjoint streams. Identifying and understanding synergies among these areas can potentially enable scalable benefits for urban mobility, including reduced congestion, pollution, and energy consumption. To address these gaps, a research team from four academic institutions – Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University – have embarked on an MHRD funded project titled “Synergistic formulation of smart mobility solutions for India: mobility as a service (MaaS), electric vehicles (EVs), and integrated public transit”
As an activity of the project, this workshop aims to:

  • Bring together key players of the three mobility modes – public transit agencies and other nodal organizations (of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu), MaaS providers (e.g., cab aggregators), and EV manufacturers and service providers – to catalyse fruitful interactions;
  • Discuss research, implementation and policy needs for synergistic evolution of emerging mobility services (MaaS), technologies (EVs), and multimodal public transit systems;
  • Explore the potential for a consortium of academic institutions, public transportation and urban planning agencies, and mobility industry entities to promote collaboration and to accelerate relevant research and innovation rollout; and
  • Facilitate focused discussions among the project investigators, public transit agencies and industry patterns for mutually fruitful collaborations on the project.


  • Introduction to the Workshop and Research Team (9:00 to 9:30 am). Prof. Abdul Pinjari, IISc

  • Public Transit (9:30 to 11:15am) – Session Moderator: Prof. Abdul Pinjari, IISc
    • Moderator’s overview – 5 minutes
    • Multimodal integration opportunities & challenges for BMRCL (Mr. Ajay Seth, IAS, MD of BMRCL) – 20 minutes
    • Multimodal integration opportunities & challenges for BMTC (Dr. N V Prasad, IAS, MD of BMTC) – 20 minutes
    • Opportunities and challenges for successful integration of MaaS with public transit: Perspective of a last mile connectivity start-up (Mr. Hiranmay Mallick, Founder of Bykerr) – 20 minutes
    • Public Transit, MaaS, & EVs in Car-dominated Cities: Research findings and agenda – 20 minutes (Prof. Chandra Bhat, University of Texas at Austin and Prof. Ram Pendyala, Arizona State University)
    • QA with the panel – 20 minutes

  • 11:15 to 11:45am – Group Picture and Coffee Break

  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS; 11:45am to 12:45pm) – Session Moderator: Prof. Karthik Srinivasan, IITM
    • Moderator’s overview – 5 minutes
    • What are the synergies between EVs, Maas and public transit (Ms. Aishwarya Raman and Ms. Jagrithi Arora, Ola Mobility Institute) – 20 minutes
    • Public bicycle sharing systems and interaction with public transit: Experience from Mysuru and Bengaluru (Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Bengaluru) – 20 minutes
    • QA with the panel – 15 minutes

  • Lunch 12:45 to 2pm

  • Electric Vehicles (2 to 3:20 pm) – Session Moderator: Prof. Tarun Rambha, IISc
    • Moderator’s overview – 5 minutes
    • EV mobility solutions for Indian Cities: Opportunities and Challenges (Mr. S.A. Sundaresan, Ashok Leyland) – 20 minutes
    • EV mobility solutions for Indian Cities: Opportunities and Challenges (Mr. Santhosh, Mahindra Electric) – 20 minutes
    • The economics and sustainability of electric auto-rickshaws: Case study of Namma Auto (Ms. Sugandha Pal, TERI) – 20 minutes
    • QA with the panel – 15 minutes

  • Panel Discussion (3:20 to 4:20pm) Opportunities for convergence/synergy among the emerging mobility solutions: Research and Implementation needs – Moderator: Prof. Gitakrishnan, IITM

  • Summary and Vote of Thanks (4:20 to 4:45pm)


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                                                  Venue & Contact

Golden Jubilee Conference Hall
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

CiSTUP, Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore - 560012, INDIA
Phone: +91-80-2293-2521/2043
Fax: +91-80-23468207