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Kerala to pilot single open-mobility network for all public transport in Kochi using Beckn protocols

Alongside Beckn's dry run in Kochi, the central government is also working on its own open protocol network for online retailers.  The state government of Kerala is looking to integrate all of its traffic-related facilities into a single network with the help of the Beckn foundation co-founded by Nandan Nilekani, according to a report in the Mathrubhumi. The city of Kochi has been chosen for the trial run as it provides every mode of public transport from bicycles to a metro.   Why it matters? The app seemingly facilitates a cashless transit across multiple modes of public transport wherein citizens will be able to avail any service using a single open-mobility network app. According to the KMTA's website, all mobility apps in the network are built in such a way as to enable them to communicate with each other in the same language. This will allow citizens to book seats on ferries, the metro, buses, and even rent bicycles. It is also expected to help citizens find parking spots and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. Trial to be conducted in Kochi with Yatri app The scheme will see its pilot phase in Kochi under the Kochi Metropolitan Authority (KMTA). Kochi Open Mobility Network (KOMN) will be rolled out as per the open protocol floated in Beckn’s concept paper.  The ‘Yatri’ app, developed for taxi drivers, will commence the trial for KOMN's first phase. According to a report in The Hindu,  drivers will not need to pay commission to the promoters of the…

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