Autonomous mobility is no longer a utopia; it is already reality and a key technology in today’s world. Worldwide, and especially in Europe, research and testing are being carried out on autonomous mobility – this holds great potential in terms of improving individual mobility thanks to increasingly efficient services while also providing a way of reducing private transport.
Autonomous driving has been considered one of the major trends in the mobility industry for years. According to a representative survey conducted by the digital association Bitkom in 2021, 99.8 percent of respondents can imagine using an autonomous means of transport*. But what does it actually mean when car manufacturers send the first systems for highly automated driving on the road at level 3 and level 4 autonomous shuttles reinforce public transport in Germany on demand from 2023 onwards?
Since the beginning of 2023, PostBus Ltd* has been offering its employees in Berne demand responsive employee transport. It’s about time for ioki insights to take a look at how sustainable and sensible mobility for employees can look in Switzerland. Fabian Heil, Head of Market Launch at PostBus, was available to talk to us.
Three years ago, Dr Olga Nevska, CEO Telekom Mobility Solutions, was interviewed in our blog series “PERSPECTIVES from …”. At that time, we talked about the challenges of organising company mobility solutions, but also about employee mobility at Telekom and the then new on-demand service with ioki software.
Since 2020, a lot has happened in the area of mobility and work. That’s why ioki insights asked again. This time, it’s all about the changes in employee mobility since the pandemic, the trends in corporate mobility and how demand responsive services are being received by employees.
For a long time, the company car was considered the non-plus-ultra and was often the only mobility offer employees could expect from their employer. In 2023, more flexible mobility solutions such as digital demand-responsive company transport, job bikes and mobility budgets are gaining ground. Rising energy prices, stricter environmental and climate protection regulations as well as greater sustainability awareness among employees are also contributing to the need for companies to rethink their corporate mobility management.
As Head of Sales International and Business Development, Laura Reupke is responsible for the international business development of ioki. With her extensive experience in the transport and digitalisation sector, she is developing customer-oriented solutions for a needs-based transport transition in Europe together with her international team.
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55 million German citizens living in suburban and rural areas do not have access to attractive public transport offerings. This was the result of our mobility analysis of public transport in Ger-many. But what about public transport in England, Wales and Scotland? Our transport planners investigated this question. Around 450,000 weekday trips from timetables of over 300,000 stops in England, Wales and Scotland were analysed. The result: in all three parts of the country (except London), less than 20 per cent of the population have access to attractive public transport.
In the previous edition of “Mobility Turn, now!” we looked at the measures taken by the state of Hesse to enable citizens to travel in a climate-friendly way by local transport. This time we are taking a closer look at Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Since 2015, a dial a ride service (call-collective-taxi or in German Anruf-Sammel-Taxi, AST) has supplemented public transport in Limburg, Hesse. In 2021, the AST was digitalised by an on-demand service called LahnStar. ioki insights spoke to Michael Stanke, first councillor of the city of Limburg and operations manager of the Limburg city line, and Hicham Azzou, head of the public transport department, about the development of the AST into on-demand mobility. The LahnStar is part of the OnDeMo project of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsbund (RMV).
A local public transport plan is a planning instrument in which all performance and quality criteria for the operation of local public transport in an area are acquired. The local transport plan analyses the existing mobility offer and serves as a guideline for the future development of local mobility.
The mobility turn cannot be achieved without digital and forward-looking mobility offers. The goal “more mobility with less traffic” can only be realized by the merging of different digital technologies. One key element in this effort can be autonomous vehicles on demand.