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Munich launches on-demand public mobility

It will run in conjunction with pre-existing public transit offerings and does not have scheduled routes or fixed timetables

The MVG IsarTiger service will pilot in Munich in June this year
The MVG IsarTiger service will pilot in Munich in June this year

The Munich Transport Company (MVG) is expanding its individual public transport network by introducing an on-demand public transportation service: the MVG IsarTiger.


It claims to be a first for a large city and is designed to bolster existing public transport options in Munich such as subways, trams, busses, MVG RAD and CarSharing. The pilot project will begin in mid-June with approximately 20 Volkswagen caddies with space for six passengers each.


The technology behind programme comes from door2door, a leading global provider of dynamic mobility solutions for on-demand economies and smart cities.


The flexible ride-pooling service can be requested on-demand by customers by booking a ride via an app on their smartphones. Running in conjunction with pre-existing public transit offerings, MVG IsarTiger does not have scheduled routes or fixed timetables. Instead, the platform uses advanced algorithms and data to calculate the fastest and most efficient ride-pooling routes.


“On-demand solutions give commuters the power to drive their personalised mobility options for the first time by allowing them to order tailored rides instead of having to follow a fixed timetable,” said Ingo Wortmann, chairman of the MVG management board.


“The IsarTiger initiative will complement current city routes and assist in getting commuters from point A to B. MVG is excited to work with door2door to close the gaps that cannot be filled by traditional public transport, taking integrated mobility to a new level for the city of Munich.”


By maximising the use of automotive vehicles within the city (most of which stand idle an average of 23 hours a day), the project will help Munich accelerate its long-term goals of having fewer cars on the roads and creating better quality of life for its citizens.


Central to the decision to partner with door2door was its track record of advanced mobility solutions for key urban areas, including an on-demand public transportation pilot with the ADAC in Berlin, a collaboration with Brisa subsidiary Via Verde to create a holistic transportation platform in Lisbon, and a partnership with the DVG in Duisburg to launch the on-demand public transport system, myBus.


“Münchners will have smarter, more efficient commuting options, and the city will maintain its position as a leading global smart city transforming its mobility future,” said Dr Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder and managing director of door2door. “We are proud to be part of Munich’s mobility revolution.”


MVG’s new smart transportation system will include three stages: a closed launch in June 2018, which will be free for IsarCard subscribers who are pre-existing customers of MVG; a public launch in the Fall of 2018; followed by ongoing operations.


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