MOIA, Volkswagen’s mobility company and HOCHBAHN join forces to launch a ride pooling service in Hamburg. Both companies intend to make 200 electric shuttle vehicles available in 2018 to offer a new and environmentally friendly alternative to private cars and complement the already existing public transport network.
Financed by MOIA, the shuttle will carry up to six passengers and will be entirely emission-free. The vehicle can be booked directly via the app by entering the location and destination. Passengers travelling in the same direction will be able to use the same shuttle. The different requests are combined by an algorithm which plans the route, calculates the duration of the journey and arrival times for each passenger.
“The MOIA on-demand shuttle service combines the flexibility of owning a car with the environmentally friendly aspect of public transport. This democratic and easily accessible mobility service will help to make day-to-day life easier for people living in the city and improve their quality of life. We are really excited about implementing this unique project with our partners in Hamburg and gaining some important insights into city transport in the future.”
After a successful test run, around 200 electric shuttle vehicles will operate in Hamburg in 2018. MOIA plans to launch the service in other cities if the introduction of the service in Hamburg proves to be a success.