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“Shared Mobility” services of various kinds have become an essential part of at least most big cities. Whether scooters, bikes, cars or ride-pooling services, the demand for shared mobility forms to suit every taste appears to be satisfied in urban areas. But what about user acceptance? What future potential do shared mobility services have? And which aspects might need to be improved? In this article, we try to shed light on these and other questions. 

The advantages of “Shared Mobility”

Shared mobility brings decisive advantages: the traffic load on roads and inner cities is reduced, and pollution caused by emissions and particulate matter decreases. In the light of alarming reports proving that the transport sector accounts for around 1/3 of all carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, with 70% of this coming from cars, trucks, vans and buses, there has to be a shift in thinking about local transport.

Shared forms of mobility have the potential to help reduce traffic congestion and can be an important pillar in achieving the Paris climate targets, which require, for example, that the German transport sector emits up to 42% fewer greenhouse gases in 2030 (compared to 1990).

Less traffic also means fewer busy roads, less noise and fewer traffic jams. Certain areas in city centres that were previously cluttered with cars could become accessible to citizens, which would significantly improve the quality of life for city dwellers.

In addition, shared mobility is also more economical for each individual user, because those who share rides also share the costs.

What people say about “Shared Mobility”

Living with fewer cars sounds tempting; who wouldn’t be happy with more space and better air quality?

In a study released by the Swedish technology company Ericsson in March 2021, over half of all respondents (57%) say that they believe shared mobility concepts will gain popularity among consumers over the next 5 years. The expectations are that more shared mobility solutions will reduce general traffic and the resulting environmental impact.

These data show that people have recognised the importance of shared forms of mobility and consider them to play an important role in the fight against climate change.

And yet, the numbers are surprising when considering that public transportation, especially in Corona times, suffers. Whereas just before the pandemic, in April 2020, 57% said they preferred their own car to shared mobility, that number has risen to 87% globally* over the course of the pandemic.

So why do respondents’ perceptions and actual usage numbers match up so poorly?

What do people really think about “Shared Mobility”?

In fact, in the same Swedish study, the picture changes when people are asked what they think their own consumption habits will be in the next 5 years. Over half of all respondents (51%) see themselves driving a personal (autonomous driving) vehicle by then. In other words, people think shared transportation is a good and important concept, but are worried about losing their own liberties and, thus, prefer to stick to a private car.

Why “Sharing” is still THE Mobility solution of the future

These survey results reveal one crucial aspect: under certain circumstances, people are certainly willing to abandon an individual vehicle, however, without sacrificing personal independence and flexibility.

So, if people are basically willing to make the switch and recognise the transport revolution as a crucial element in protecting the environment, and yet there is still no significant increase in the number of passengers, we need to find ways other than emissions statistics to convince them.

The key here lies in the offer. 58% of all respondents of the group of working parents of the Ericsson study are interested in sharing offers that promise a personal advantage in contrast to private, unpooled car travel. This could be the factor of entertainment and customer service, for example, a personalised user account that knows immediately upon boarding which light or seat setting the customer prefers, or even what kind of music they would like to have played on their headphones. Customers would also opt for a “shared mobility” service if they had access to a fast and robust Internet connection (64%) everywhere. A study by the German Fraunhofer Institute (March 2021) found that 58% of the respondents would be particularly interested in ridepooling services that operate at night.

It is therefore important to establish a service where there is a corresponding need. The relevant questions need to be answered: how do we establish a full-coverage offering in the sense of a Mobility as a Service solution? How can data be shared and used securely? How can the peri-urban areas benefit from a shared mobility solution in order to relieve the inner cities of a load of daily car commuters?

If the right questions are asked and solved bit by bit, consumers will also follow suit – the basic willingness to do so exists.

*11,000 consumers from 11 countries were surveyed for this study

 

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Ridepooling, Ridesharing, Ridehailing: which is what?

Ridepooling, ridehailing, ridesharing

With more and more new mobility offers, users are not only confronted with new decision-making possibilities to get from A to B but also with an ever-increasing number of new terms that are often difficult to distinguish from each other.

In this article, we would like to shed light on this and explain the most important definitions of the “new mobility” ecosystem.

Ridesharing

In the most classic sense of the word, the term ridesharing means that a ride is literally “shared”. Passengers and drivers usually find each other via digital platforms and discuss the details of their joint trip directly with each other. Typically, the passengers contribute to the costs of the journey so that both sides benefit: for the driver, using a car gets cheaper and the person travelling with him or her pays significantly less than with another means of transport. And even if ridesharing usually involves a private car, there is at least one less on the road …

Ridepooling

The principle of ridepooling sounds similar to that of ridesharing, however, there are decisive differences: Ridepooling is usually operated by service providers and is linked to certain objectives, such as improving the transport offer in a certain region, doing something for the protection of the environment, being financially rewarding, etc.

In comparison to other means of public transport, such as buses or trains, the services offered by ridepooling providers are usually highly technologised, allowing users to book the service via various digital booking channels, such as an application or a website. In addition, some providers also offer the option to book a ride by phone through a call centre. This booking option is especially helpful for older people who are often less familiar with technical devices.

Not all ridepooling services are created for the same purpose, the service structure can differ considerably from one provider to another. For example, services can be set up to transport passengers from door-to-door, to act as a shuttle service to certain key access points such as the nearest train station, or to be exclusive to employees for a particular company.

At Padam Mobility, that’s exactly what we do – develop tailor-made ridepooling on-demand services and provide advice to municipalities, transport companies and other players in the mobility sector. 

Ridehailing

Ridehailing services operate for commercial purposes as well. The difference is that they can be booked by individuals for a specific ride and do not pick up any other passengers during this ride. The chauffeur-driven services probably come closest to this description.

Usually, there are a number of features that are available to users of ridehailing services. These can be related to the fare, which is displayed to users directly at the time of booking and which can usually be paid directly within the app, or the real-time tracking of the ride on the user’s personal smartphone.

Nevertheless, these services are criticised because, unlike public transport or pooled rides, ride-hailing vehicles add another mode of transport to already congested streets and cause users who might otherwise have travelled by bus or metro to switch to an individual vehicle, which is an additional burden for the environment.

Slugging

Ever heard of it? Admittedly, this term is a rather American phenomenon, but it should nevertheless not be missing from this list, if only because of its curious name. Which, by the way, comes from bus traffic, because bus drivers call counterfeit coins “slugs”. And since in so-called “slugging” people stand in a queue waiting for private drivers to give them a free ride, often waving off bus drivers who think these people are willing passengers, the fake coins soon became “fake” passengers – or “slugs”. 

This type of ridesharing is bound to some specific rules, which are very vividly described in this article.

One important rule, for example, is that the passenger is not expected to pay. Nevertheless, both sides benefit from the shared ride because cars “in full occupation” are allowed to move to a High-Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV Lane), while individuals in their cars are often stuck in crowded traffic, which costs time, nerves and money.

Carsharing

When carsharing, users of (a) specific provider(s) share a number of freely available cars. In most cases, the vehicles can be booked, paid for and unlocked via an app, without a third person having to accompany the process. This is particularly practical in urban environments, where owning a car is usually rarely needed.

As with ridehailing, carsharing encourages individual car use but also ensures that there are fewer cars in the area overall. And that is bitterly needed, considering the fact that, according to new research from the RAC Foundation, in the UK, cars are parked for an average of 23 hours a day, covering up valuable space that could be used for green areas or attractive living space, for example.

 

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Our trainee tested the Plus de Pep’s DRT: here’s what she thinks about it

DRT plus

Our trainee tested the Plus de Pep’s DRT service in Paris region: here’s what she thinks about it! Eva, 19 years old, marketing trainee at Padam Mobility for 5 months, tells her first experience with Demand-Responsive Transport.

“I’ve been living in Paris for 2 months now, and it’s really a change from Rennes or the town where my parents live, in Brittany. Here, I take the metro every day and recently I was able to test the Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) for the first time on the Plus de Pep’s service in Chessy-Marne-la-Vallée.”

“Before I was doing my internship at Padam Mobility, I had no idea about Demand-Responsive Transport. The first time I heard about it, I immediately thought of a vehicle for hire service. I quickly understood it was (most often) a public minibus service that had to be booked on an application to get around.”

“To book my trip, I used the Plus de Pep’s app on iOS. I found it simple and fluid to use, it only took me a few minutes to book my trip from Chessy to the Lagny Thorigny train station. I received a validation message to confirm my booking and that was it! 10 minutes before the proposed pick-up time, I went to the location indicated on the map in the app. At first, I had a hard time finding the right location, so I waited for the bus to show up on the map and went to meet it when it arrived. The driver gave me a warm welcome. He was on time. He was very kind by indicating his presence to a few latecomers who couldn’t find his location either. I have been struck (in a good way) by the human contact during pick up”.

“I felt privileged, compared to the classic bus or the metro. I felt like I had access to a service that was there just for me.”

“When I got in the minibus, I noticed the sanitary rules against Covid19 were respected: hydroalcoholic gel was provided, prevention posters, plexiglas separating the driver from the users. Every second seat was condemned in order to guarantee social distancing. The trip lasted about thirty minutes. We passed through several small villages and hamlets, I was very surprised because we were only one hour from Paris. Once we arrived at the Lagny-Thorigny train station, the driver opened the door to the other passengers and myself, wishing to see us again on his service. Class!”

“Thanks to the DRT, I was able to cross small towns and cities that don’t necessarily have direct or easy access to Paris. I thought it was an ideal solution for quick and inexpensive excursions in the Paris countryside. For me, the big advantage is that the service is included in my traveler card!”

“In conclusion, I found the service pleasant and secure, the interaction with the driver was a real plus and my minibus was punctual. I didn’t have any imperative, but it reassured me the service was reliable, especially since I had to take a train ride.”

“In the 900-inhabitant- town where I grew up in Brittany, daily travels are impossible without using a car: no buses, shuttles, DRTs or even taxis are offered. Without a driving licence, it was very frustrating for me not to be able to go to bigger cities like Saint-Malo, Dinan, Dinard or Rennes, even though they were close by. A DRT service would have been very useful for me and my parents who had to take taxis veeeeery often.”

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Fictional buses (and their price if you want to buy them)

Action movies, cartoons, TV shows and inspirational stories have happened in buses. Here’s our ultimate list of the best fictional buses.

Speed (1994)

This feature film inspired by the movie Runaway Train, in which a train is launched at full speed and can no longer slow down, proposes a similar scenario with a new-look  1966 General Motors TDH-5303 bus that runs at maximum speed and can’t stop unless it explodes. Eleven buses and three Grumman 870 buses were used in the film’s production. Two were blown up, one was used for the high-speed scenes, one had the front cut off for inside shots, and one was used solely for the “under bus” shots. Another bus was used for the bus jump scene, which was done in one take.

Among those eleven buses, the last 2 were sold for 30,000 dollars in 2018 

Speed bus

Into the wild (2007) 

The Magic Bus is actually a wreck of a 1946 Alaska International Harvester K-5 bus (ex Fairbanks City Transit System bus 142). Made popular by the book and the movie Into the Wild, this bus is the place where Christopher McCandless, an American adventurer, lived for about 112 days from May 1st 1992 and where he died. In July 2019, a young woman died, swept away by the current of the Teklanika River while trying to reach the famous 142 bus. 

Recently, on June 18, 2020, the Alaska Army National Guard removed Bus 142 from the Stampede track.

Into the wild bus Into the wild bus

The A Team (2010)

The A team is an American tv show, where 4 men, from an elite unit of the army are in charge of a top secret mission, it’s thanks to this GMC van 3500 that they travel. 

You could also have found the best replica of The A Team van for sale on the french app “le bon coin”, in December 2016, this 1983 van, at the price of 36,000 euros. The interior is identical to that of the TV Show: custom leather seats, vinyl-lined ceiling and walls, and a police vehicle radar. 

The a team GMC vendura

Captain Fantastic (2016)

In this American film, the character Viggo Mortensen decides one day to raise his five children in complete autarky. He renovates the 1993 model of the GMC Bluebird bus into a van so that he and his family can live in it. You can buy one for 3,410 dollars .

Captain Fantastic bus

My neighbor Totoro (1988)

This Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by the Ghibli studio, is also known for its intriguing and smiling cat-bus. This cat-bus makes it possible to travel quickly from one point to another in the Hiroshima countryside in the sky. 

As far as we know, it doesn’t exist in real size, so you can buy smaller versions for less that 20€ 

catbus

Scooby-Doo (2002)

The Scooby-Doo series and animated films are known worldwide for their characters with strong personalities and their famous 1972 Ford e200 ecoline van, renamed The Mystery Machine. If you’re a big fan, you can buy a replica for $59,000.

Scooby-Doo bus

The Magic School Bus (1994)

The magic school bus is an edutainment American animation series released in 1994. Through its 52 episodes, the teacher Miss Bille-en-tête and her students travel aboard the magic school bus to explore different unusual places: space, the ocean, the anthills, the jungle forest or even the inside of the human body.

bus magique

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The 5 most iconic (non-standard) buses in the world

Double decker

In this article, travel the world by discovering the 5 most iconic buses…

The english double-decker bus

This model of double-decker bus with many different names has become the icon of the city of London. It is one of the most widely used means of transport in the British capital. The price of its one-way ticket is £1.50. Other double-decker buses can be seen all over the world: in Denmark, Turkey, Portugal and even Sri Lanka. These buses are very common all over the world and are mainly used in the tourist sector for urban tours. In London, there are no less than 673 lines of the famous red double-decker bus. Manufactured by Roberts Wright in 1946, they became widespread in the 1950s.
The double-decker bus is particularly suitable for tourists to visit the city of London. Their numerous places on 2 floors are efficient to welcome a large number of tourists but also inhabitants, being very numerous in the extended city of London and its agglomeration.

If you want to buy one for private use, it will cost you around 900 000 euros…

Double-decker bus

The American school bus

This famous yellow bus appears in many American movies and series. As a result, it has become one of the most iconic buses in the world. The school bus is specifically dedicated to school transportation in North America. Its emblematic yellow colour is mandatory for visibility and safety reasons. Each bus has a capacity of approximately 90 seats. The Thomas Built Buses company was the originator of the school bus in the 1930s. The company quickly became the segment leader after the Second World War and was acquired by the Freightliner Group in 1998.

The school bus is particularly suitable for transporting children, including those with disabilities, thanks to its large rear door which makes it easy to load and unload (from a wheelchair, for example) .
Fan of the famous yellow bus? You can buy one and convert it for around $70,000, provided you remove the “school bus” label.

American school bus

Greyhound bus from 1948 

Greyhound lines busThousands of Greyhound buses travel the roads of North America every day. They are named after the operator who operates them and serve no less than 4,000 destinations (USA, Canada and Mexico). Erck Wickman founded the company in 1914 in Minnesota.
Greyhound buses are one of the most widely used means of public transport in North America. Particularly adapted to long-distance travel, the first buses manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century were highly appreciated by passengers for their reliability, comfort and affordable prices. The 1948 GM PD4151 greyhound model is known for its vintage look, and its two-color aluminum design became a symbol of highway travel. Greyhound buses experienced an expansion and diversification of their models in the 1940s. It is on display, along with other older models, at the Greyhound Museum in Minnesota.
It is possible to book a GreyHound bus directly online or at one of the company’s many branches.

Indian buses

Indian bus

Generally very full and with rudimentary comfort, the bus is nevertheless the most used means of transport in India, the price of a trip being 5 rupees on average, which corresponds to not even 10 cents of euros.
It is not uncommon to come across buses with passengers clinging to the outside walls or the roof. The company Ashok Leyland Limited, founded in 1948, manufactures most of the buses used in the country, mostly for intercity or long-distance journeys.
In larger cities, bus fleets are often much more modern and comfortable. Some are even powered by natural gas.

Triple-decker bus

Triple-decker busSome online images show a three-storey city bus in Berlin, Germany, in 1926. The bus is parked beside a road and a group of people. Although the photograph looks authentic, the three-storey bus never actually existed.

Knight busHowever, the “Knight Bus” from the third part of the Harry Potter saga (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is well parked at Harry Potter Studios. 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 most beautiful bus lines in the world

Katmandou bus

In this article, travel between the American, African, European and Asian continent, and discover the 7 most beautiful buses lines in the world …

Morocco: From Marrakech to Er-Rachidia  

This route in the middle of the desert is called “ouallywood”. With more than 400 km, it lasts 11 hours. The great journey begins in Marrakech and then continues through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain of the Atlas Mountains. After meandering along the mountain trails, it passes through the arid city of Kasbahs and ends in Errachidia, an arid city on the edge of the Sahara where camel adventures await you. This trip is offered by two bus lines: CTM or Supratours.

lignes de bus maroc

United States: From New York to San Francisco 

This coach line in the heart of America serves many destinations, including Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Denver, and the cornfields of Nebraska. The total distance of the route is 4,600 kilometres and takes approximately 75 hours. The trip is offered by Greyhound lines.

De New York à San Fra

England: From Davistock to Dawlish

This bus line is a pearl in the United Kingdom. It takes 2 hours for 60 kilometres and takes you through the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, a county in the South West of England. The service operates only on the fifth Saturday of the month between April and September. The TCB (Tavistock Country Bus) offers this route. Please note that the bus has only 16 seats!

Tavistock

Nepal: From KATMANDU to POKHARA 

During 8 hours and over a distance of 205 kilometers you can travel on an atypical bus on an extremely winding road between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the tourist capital of Nepal, known for its location near Lake Phewa.

Katmandou bus

Australia : From GEELONG to APOLLO BAY 

This Australian itinerary is ranked among the most beautiful coastal journeys in the world. The bus numbered 101 (from the Public Transport Victoria bus network) departs from the port city of Geelong and passes through the coastal landscape and forested mountains near Melbourne, taking about 2 hours.
During the route, it is possible to get off the bus to go out onto the vast expanses of sand or inland to view the koalas.

Argentina: From RIO GALLEGOS to USHUAIA

This 600-kilometre bus journey, lasts 11 hours for 40€, crosses the Chilean border and ends at the Strait of Magellan where the Pacific and Antarctic Oceans meet.

Rio Gale

Brazil: from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

One of the longest bus lines in the world is the Rio-Lima line. On board the Expreso Internacional Ormano bus company and for about 3 days you will have to pay between 150€ and 210€.
The company also offers other routes, which are also known to be among the longest in the world, such as from Caracas, Venezuela to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lima, Peru

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