A single application to access all modes of transport: Kerala implements an open mobility project
The Bengaluru-based Beckn Foundation, co-founded by Nandan Nilekani, will implement the project in Kochi to begin with.
If you live in Kochi, you’ll soon be able to use a single app to book taxis, ferries, metro, and even rent bikes. It is part of Kerala’s Open Mobility Network where mobile applications for different modes of transport will be integrated and interconnected. The open mobility network should start first in Kochi and should also extend to the hospitality and health sectors.
Kochi was chosen as the first city in the state where the project will be implemented because it has various modes of transport like road, air, water and metro. The Kochi Open Mobility Network (KOMN) is an initiative of the Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) to support the local community of Kochi.
The Beckn Foundation, based in Bengaluru and co-founded by Nandan Nilekani, will implement the project. Beckn Foundation partners include National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), WRI India, Yellow Taxi, JUSPAY, among others.
The plan will initially be implemented on the Yatri app designed for taxi drivers. The Kochi metro application, AuSa (AutoSavari) for motorists and the “Vandi” application for buses will then be integrated into it. Kerala State Water Transport Department boats will also be linked to this network.
“This is the world’s first open and inclusive mobility network of its kind and Kerala proudly leads it. Our mission is twofold: to provide valuable community service to our citizens and to provide a livelihood and self-reliance for our mobility service providers. It’s just. It’s transparent. It’s digital. It’s for our community, ”said Jafar Malik IAS, CEO of Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority.
KOMN will be launched in Ernakulam on July 23 by Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju.
“KOMN will be extremely useful in combining public transport services such as taxis, cars, subways and buses. This network will be particularly useful for taxi drivers in the unorganized sector to free themselves from corporate exploitation, ”said Shajo Jose C, Founder of the Yellow Cab Drivers Society.