MaaS Global brings mobility on a whim to Japan
Finland’s MaaS Global has announced a strategic partnership to bring its mobility service, Whim, to Japan.
The Helsinki-based mobility-as-a-service pioneer and Japanese real estate company Mitsui Fudosan will incorporate the Whim platform into urban development in Japan in 2019. The strategic partnership includes an investment in the Finnish company, collaborations with local transport service providers and a proof-of-concept trial in Greater Tokyo.
“With its long history in urban development in Japan, we are extremely pleased to have Mitsui Fudosan on board as our investor and strategic partner in Japan,” MaaS Global CEO Sampo Hietanen said in a press release. “Our partnership enables us to continue employing our Real Estate x MaaS vision: the next evolution phase to combine living and mobility.”
MaaS Global’s Whim is the world’s first all-inclusive, commercially available MaaS service and, since its launch in Europe in 2017, its users have made over four million trips using different modes of transportation. The service is also launching in Singapore this year.
It was also awarded the first-ever European Startup Prize for mobility by the European Parliament.
For more on the Finnish MaaS pioneer, check out our feature article.