The latest release of the shared mobility technology company’s AI platform sets out to change the mindset of users and convince them to give up their private car for good
Shared mobility technology company, Vulog, is claiming the new release of its AiMA (artificial intelligence mobility applied) platform will significantly increase the user appeal of shared services by enabling an operator with a single fleet to offer multiple different usage possibilities.
The upgrade will offer the flexibility of a free-floating scheme, in which users can access vehicles instantly anywhere within a large geofenced area and provide the convenience of scheduled bookings, where vehicles can be reserved for a specific time at a location selected by the user.
The technology is used in 25 car share schemes in cities on five continents around the world. The new release also claims to unlock new opportunities for vehicle monetisation.
Operators will no longer have to position themselves either as a short-term or long-term mobility option, as Vulog now provides the capability to serve multiple use cases with one fleet of vehicles, one management tool and one mobile app for the consumer. It aims to remove the last hurdle for companies that are “waiting for the perfect time” to enter the fast-growing shared mobility market.
The first deployment of this multi-usage feature will take place in Madrid, Spain with Wible, a car-sharing service operated as a joint venture between Kia Motors Europe and Repsol. Launched in August 2018, Wible operates 500 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric cars and is one of Europe’s most successful shared mobility schemes, with over 70,000 users.
"We want people to be able to use our cars for any need they have,” says Javier Martinez Rios, CEO of Wible. “The new game-changing capabilities introduced by Vulog’s AiMA platform ensures that anyone who wants access to a car at some point in the future can get it by reserving ahead of time one of our instant access vehicles circulating in the streets of Madrid.
"They also benefit us directly by improving the profitability of the operation through an increased utilisation rate of our fleet. Everyone wins.”
“Users can now trust that a free-floating car parked in front of their homes or office will be there when they need it simply by reserving it in advance”
Other new features recently added include improved predictive demand management, specific electric fleet management enhancements, and the integration of autonomous shared mobility capabilities.
Grégory Ducongé, CEO of Vulog, believes the platform alters the car-sharing paradigm for both users and providers: “Users can now trust that a free-floating car parked in front of their homes or office will be there when they need it simply by reserving it in advance.
“This dependability will help shift the mindset of millions of users that they can now give up their private car for good, and rely on their favourite mobility service to meet virtually all of their personal transportation needs.”
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