The Montreal-based mobility app Transit has, over the past six years, built a mobility platform with the express intent of making it possible to move around without owning a private car. The app is driven by a strong belief in open application programming interfaces (APIs) in its effort to create a wholly neutral platform which presents users with a range of options, public, shared, and private, which they can access in completing their journeys.

Transit’s approach differs from that of MaaS Global’s Whim in that Transit does not offer packages or transportation services of its own, but rather serves as something of an aggregator for all available forms of transit. This approach has drawn the interest of a notable list of automotive industry heavy weights, recently closing its latest round of funding which brought USD 17.5 from investors lead by investment arms of automakers—Alliance Ventures, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover. Such interest is a strong signal of the automotive industry’s eagerness to find a new role for itself in the coming mobility market.

Another signal of this interest is Volvo’s recently announced partnership with Chinese technology company Baidu for the development of an autonomous vehicle designed for taxi use.

Read Transit’s blog post on their goals for the next phase

Find out more about the Transit app

Read about Volvo and Baidu’s joint project

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