close

Padam Mobility News

Company values that beat the bullshit detector [A 4-step method]

methodo valeurs padam mobility
Step 1 – mapping the concepts
Step 2 – ensuring alignment
Step 3 – synthesizing information gathering
Step 4 – involve everyone in the staging. 

As a preamble to the document that presents its corporate culture, Netflix reminds us that Enron – a multinational that disappeared after a historic financial scandal – had the following values: Integrity, Communication, Respect, and Excellence.

How can we ensure that company values correspond to reality? That they will be lived on a daily basis, and that they support both the vision and the mission?
Today we share our methodology, hoping that you will improve it, and share your improvements with us #share

Where do the values fit in our approach? 

Harold Laswell

Harold Laswell (opposite), the grandfather of corporate communication, defines it in the following way: Who says what to whom through which channel for what effect. Values are at the heart of the Who. They will therefore be deployed throughout the model, right up to the effects.

The importance of values in the success of a company has been detailed and popularized by Collins and Porras in Built to last, a must-read for every leader.

Above all, our values are benchmarks that define the right way to act.

Step 1 – individual interviews: mapping the concepts

It is a person recently arrived in the company who carried the approach. With a fresh and naive look, not much parasitized by historical biases. An individual interview with each employee brought out a list of trends and key words, by asking questions such as :
• What best represents Padam Mobility?
• Why is this company incredible?
• What’s your personality in Padam Mobility?
• What made Padam Mobility work, was thanks to what?
• And what didn’t work?
• What impresses you most about your colleagues? What do they miss?
• What surprised you when you arrived?

Les valeurs @Padam
The size of the expressions represents the frequency with which they were heard.

If there are only a few of you, you can interview each employee. Beyond 30 or 40, you can focus on historical employees, founders, or very recent arrivals. Those who are not in an in-between situation. You can also send a questionnaire to the entire company.

A synthesis will come up with a list of concepts, carried by one or more people. It is then necessary to define sharp values and avoid a list of good intentions. We wanted values that pass the Bullshit detector. So we gave each value a positive opposite.

For example, to rigor we opposed elasticity. To strength we opposed finesse, to action we opposed reflexion, etc.

The bullshit detector consists of evaluating the impact of a message by asking whether it is opposable. That is, whether someone is defending the opposite of what you say. If not, the message is empty.

For example, “I want to bring unemployment down” does not pass this test because nobody wants it to go up. It’s not a memorable message. “I want to bring down unemployment for the over-55s through assisted contracts over a 5-year period” passes this test with flying colours: others will want to use opposite methods.
“I’m against the Nazis” does not pass the test.

Step 2 – The survey: ensuring alignment

We then carried out a survey to all the staff, asking about the values that emerged during the interviews. The survey proposed to place ourselves on an axis between two opposite but positive values. By proposing to each person to evaluate the one he values the most, and the one the company values the most.

Between benevolence and exigency. Between individual responsibility and collective responsibility, between versatility and specialization.

It is essential to ask the teams what the company values. To ensure that management and leadership will embody the values. It would be disastrous to end up with values that only represent the wishes of the teams. And it would be just as disastrous to end up with values that only express the desires of management.

We are efficient because we believe in the values of our mission, both ecological and social. At the core of our action, it is human considerations which welds us on a daily basis. This is where the collective desire to overcome any problem on our path comes from, and the energy deployed to solve it. Benoit – CTO

18 x2 questions that allowed us to place each of the values and its inverse on axes. Don’t expect your employees to jump for joy, it wasn’t the most exciting part of the process.

But the data collected allowed us to map out our key words and start taking action.

Step 3 – Results and mapping: synthesizing information gathering

This phase took place during an off-site All staff meeting. The right time for the exercise to become collective.
It was therefore a question of placing the results of the survey on a mapping with the following axes:

– Valued by the employees (+/-)
– Valued by the company (+/-)

Cartographie
Nightmare zones are the bad news: when Padam Mobility and its employees do not agree on the importance of certain values.
Bottom left, what does not represent us: what Padam Mobility and its employees do not value.
The blue triangular parts are those that only bring together a group between the company and its employees. There will be work on that side.
The upper right triangle therefore corresponds to the positive part of the graph: when Padam Mobility and the team value the same ideas.
We have presented these results to everyone, here are the values that have emerged in our sweet spot:

Sweet spot
These are:
• Adaptation (rather than conviction)
• Resilience (rather than strength)
• Caring (rather than demanding)
• Collective responsibility (rather than individual responsibility)
• The icebreaker (rather than the finishes)
• Functional (rather than technical)

We have derived strong concepts from them, and synthesized these concepts into 4 values and statements. Your values can be presented by expressions (“Done is better than perfect”, for example), by words, by sentences. Whatever works.

Moving from concepts to the expression of values is key, and there is no good method. A mix of intuition, guts, sincerity. The management, or even the co-founders, will take charge of this step to find the right restitution. Involve the internal com’ to validate them, not necessarily to define them.

IMPACT – SHARE – CARE – LEAN

• We evaluate our actions through their impact on users, the environment and the society in which we live.
• We share responsibility. Each task is a collective task. All transport is collective transport.
• We care about interactions within the company, as well as outside. Our reputation has been built on our caring.
• We take a lean approach to what we do. We focus on immediate benefits.

We have chosen to keep 4 of them. It could have been 3, or more, but beware: Netflix has 9, which is too many for us.  Transmitting nine values on a daily basis could dilute the messages.

Step 4 – The exercises: Involve everyone in the staging. 

Presented offsite, these 4 values were the occasion for an exercise by a team of 5 people. For each group, we asked them to define the following values:

• The behaviors that support our values
• Unacceptable behaviour
• A proverb
• A quote
• A real person representing her
• An imaginary person who represents her
An hour and hundreds of ideas later, we arrived at a synthesis

Example of the Impact value:

Exemple de la valeur impact
You will find on this link the result for the 4 values (do not hesitate to ask for access)
Our culture makes us a sharp, sincere and enduring personality because we aim for long-term success,

Values: What do they promote? 

Together, we share a cultural foundation.

They allow us to know the conditions for long-term success, to define the behaviours and skills we value. In order to target our future employees, and to more easily explain why certain behaviours are not acceptable.
This answers the question, “What happens if the person with the best results doesn’t live up to our values?” Such behavior would jeopardize the company’s long-term success. The answer becomes simple.

How do we make them live?

We mention them during recruitment: when sending their CV, each candidate answers a few questions related to our values. They are always part of the discussions we have with each other during recruitment. During on-boarding, they are re-explained, and each presentation is an opportunity to highlight the agreement between our actions and our values.

The words impact, lean, care, and share come up spontaneously in conversations.

How did we make them last and live? This will be the subject of a future article.

Lire la suite

One step closer to MaaS in Lille

Un pas de plus vers le MaaS à Lille

Keolis Lille, the operator of the Illévia public transport network in the Lille metropolitan area, has just integrated Demand Responsive Transport (Padam Mobility) into its Illévia mobile application. This integration is done in the application through the Navitia multimodal trip planner, developed by Kisio Digital. It’s a step closer to the MaaS in Lille. 

Now, the integration lets any user complete their journey in all modes (including Demand Responsive Transport) at once for a seamless journey to their destination. 

Increasing the MaaS experience in Lille

The integration meets the will of Kisio and Padam Mobility’s common customers to integrate all modes of transport in a logic of MaaS. The Ilévia mother application offers a complete mobility package allowing the display and reservation of trips from other shared mobility applications such as carpooling or Demand Responsive Transport, like Ilévia Réservation.

The user experience is considerably more flexible. The user can access the entire available transport offer in a matter of seconds, and can compare routes, and choose the best travel option. The latter without interruption to the final destination.

“This first integration of Padam Mobility’s DRT solution in Lille in the Illévia app facilitates access to this new mode of transport for its inhabitants. The excellent collaboration between Padam Mobility and Kisio Digital’s teams enabled us to move quickly. With a logic of service-oriented mobility (MaaS), the integration of the solutions of the major players in new mobility in our Navitia trip planner is an important area of development to give more choices to the users by combining more and more means of travel”. Malik Chebragui, Director of Products and Operations at Kisio Digital

Another perk for the users: they no longer need to know precisely the mode of operation or the service area of the DRT service on which to carry out part of its journey, since only the relevant routes are offered. They also no longer need to know the exact name of the stop closest to their destination address.

Boost attendance rates

For the Lille metropolitan area, the new integration enables it to make its entire mobility offer, including DRT, more visible, which should boost ridership rates.

“It’s essential for a company like us to make its interfaces accessible. For our customers, this is a fundamental advantage that allows them to make their transport offer more legible and visible”. Ziad Khoury, Co-founder and COO Padam Mobility.

From a technical point of view, the integration is made possible by deeplinking, which allows the Ilévia parent application to query the Ilévia TAD reservation application, to generate Origin-Destination (OD) searches and to automatically make reservations on the sections served by the TAD whose use is relevant to the requested trip.

Ensuring a better access to transport in rural areas

Access to a seamless mobility that unites, without opposing them, the possible means of transport makes it possible to facilitate travel for all, providing a solution to spatial and social inequalities and to the climate emergency.

A step closer to the MaaS in Lille

 

Lire la suite

Why should public transport become stronger (than ever) despite social distancing?

Transports publics should become stronger despite social distancing

Covid-19 has disrupted the mobility sector more than any startup ever has. I am offering a brief and personal analysis of what happened, choices that lay ahead of us and why public transport should become stronger despite social distancing. At a time where we are slowly digesting health guidelines, we have historical decisions to make to ensure that the future of mobility, our future, is sustainable.

The initial blow

The entire mobility sector has taken a serious blow in the past two months. Under lockdown, people’s movements have decreased by 50% to 80% (depending on countries’ guidelines), our usually congested cities were emptied of cars and pedestrians alike. Both well established companies and unicorns yesterday considered as the future of mobility – especially Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) – were brought to their knees. Uber’s e-scooter sharing business Jump was quickly merged with the Lime, for a fraction of their pre-coronavirus valuation, incidentally sending tens of thousands of e-bikes to ‘recycling’. 100-year old car rental company Hertz filed for bankruptcy (Chapter 11) in the US, and the European leader of car-sharing Drivy, just months after being acquired by US-based Getaround, turned to the Paris Commercial Court to obtain its support, as a “preventive measure”. Car-sharing, scooter-sharing were supposed to lead the way to a world free of private cars to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Some services were actually helpful to cope with the virus situation”.

Public transit too was strongly affected but so far managed to resist the first wave. Thanks to balanced public-private business models, relying on long-term contracts, public transit stakeholders are more resilient than other businesses. Even under the sternest lockdown measures, PT services were still considered as essential. There is to my knowledge no major public transit operator which declared bankrupt, nor have public authorities stated that public transit would be significantly downsized in the future. Some services, such as Demand-Responsive Transit, were actually helpful to cope with the virus situation: the “Night Bus” service in Padua, Italy (powered by Padam Mobility) was turned into a day service and increased ridership. Berlkönig in Berlin, also focused on night mobility, was extended for the benefit of health workers.

Post-lockdown prolonged effects on modal shares

Having labelled all these events as “Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis”, it is tempting to think that things will just go back to normal. In many ways, the crisis may have just accelerated trends which were already there. However, I think we should not underestimate how the coronavirus has single-handedly disrupted our vision of mobility, and maybe not for the better.

“While European cities are witnessing the same behaviour, authorities also get that coronavirus may wipe out a decade of efforts to detox their citizens from private cars”.

During the first weeks of lifting social distancing measures, we have contemplated that a major shift was happening in modal share of mobility. Public transit is the place where you meet a lot of strangers. A full quarter of media and public obsession about health precautions (which, to a certain extent, was unavoidable) has convinced us that ‘stranger’ rhymes with ‘danger’. Bloomberg quotes Jason Rogers (Nashville, US): “I have no interest in getting on the bus or a ridesharing system unless I’m in a hazmat suit”. The result speaks for itself: in China – first to lift lockdown measures, the ridership of public transit is 35% below normal and congestion is already above 2019 average. The US are reporting a similar trend already.

While European cities are witnessing the same behaviour, authorities also get that coronavirus may wipe out a decade of efforts to detox their citizens from private cars. They had just a bit more time than China to anticipate and devised a few strategies. Betting on bikes is one of them: French Government claims 1,000 km of temporary bicycle lanes have been created and is working to permanently maintain them. The UK are investing up to £2B on “once-in-a-generation” plan to boost walking and cycling. Another interesting move is Athens banning cars from a large part of its city center for 3 months (and maybe more).

Will this be sufficient? These investments are much welcome, but the modal share of cycling has remained flat under 2% in the UK in the past decade and is estimated at about 3% in France. A 10% long-term reduction of ridership in public transit would be sufficient to level the impact of more people cycling. We can still fear a major shift from public transit to cars. In France, which hosts 3 of the handful of worldwide public transport operators (Transdev, Keolis, RATP), representatives of the sector have fought hard – but not very successfully – to avoid strict social distancing measures onboard metros and buses and to rely on masks as the main sanitary measure.

In the end, Transport for London (TfL) did not solve the dilemma of prioritizing congestion or health issues, they raised both the congestion tax on cars and the fares of public transit. At least TfL will not go bankrupt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Rystadenery

Psychological impact

Even now that the French Ministry is considering softening these measures, it is impossible to predict the magnitude of the psychological impact on how people choose their mode of transport. There are precedents: terrorist attacks in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), which targeted public transit, or Paris (2015) which targeted the “night life”. In each case, public transportation actually recovered in a matter of months. The issue is not the same, though: with the virus, it is more public transit itself and its riders which are the objects of people’s fear. We have also been exposed to the social distancing message for much longer and it may last until we have a vaccine.

Sure, people have talked a lot about the crisis as an opportunity to shift to a new trajectory for our civilization, towards decarbonation and resilience. But I hear the same people say: “No way I’m using the train at the moment, I’ll just drive.” As I don’t know much about sociology, I’ll quote an expert in very long adventures, Sylvain Tesson, telling about his travel by foot from Siberia to India: “If I say that I plan to walk all  the way to Mongolia, nobody minds a such abstract goal, but if I claim that I will reach the other side of the mountain, everyone on this side will rebel. […] Because it is what we know best, we fear more what is close to us than what is still far away.” We fear the virus more than climate change.

Sorting our priorities

Climate change and resource depletion are still the two biggest problems that we face worldwide. When the virus hit, we were able to go under lockdown as a last resort to mitigate the effects of the virus. There will be no immediate actions similar to a lockdown that we will be able to take when we face record droughts killing entire crops, when coastal areas inhabited by tens of millions of people are flooded by a combination of sea level rise and extreme weather events.

“We will not see flying cars, we will see more low-energy mobility and we should prepare for it”.

 A key fact that I’ve realized few people know is the inertia and latency of GHE-induced climate change. When we added more than 100ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, we committed to hundreds of years of rising temperatures, that is, even if our emissions drop to zero tomorrow. The trajectory of our CO2 emissions will change the magnitude of the climate change, but with a 20-year latency. Managing our emissions now starts to make a difference in 2040. In other words, we will not be able to prevent these issues in 2040, by then we will be late by 20 years (this is 4 French presidential terms, 5 US ones).


Global temperature change predictions based on GHG-scenarios of the IPCC.
Source: Climate model IPSL-CM61-LR

Another key fact going under the radar of public media is the depletion of oil, which powers ~98% of transportation. Oil production has grown strongly after the 2008 economic crisis (completely mindless of the above), but the growth came almost exclusively from the US ‘shale’ plays, while Russia and Saudi Arabia were able to offset the decline of older oil fields (starting with the North Sea in Europe). Before the coronavirus, some experts were already shifting their predictions for US production, stable in 2020 and growing again for at least a few years after. Russia had declared they would peak before 2025 and maybe sooner. Now, with the considerable blow to this industry, investments in new production have been widely cancelled and US oil fields declined rapidly. Some experts point that both US shale and Russia may have reached their peak, and at least will never see significant growth again (compared to 2019 levels). To better understand what this means for our economy, I recommend listening to independent experts of energy transition, The Shift Project. To cut it short: we will not see flying cars, nor mass production of 2.3 ton electric private cars, we will see more low-energy mobility and we should prepare for it.


According to Rystad, oil production and demand will still be under 2019 levels at the end of 2021.
Source: Rystadenergy

What to do?

The mission behind Padam Mobility, the company I co-founded, is “Taking care of shared mobility.” It means we expect less resources in the future, less public acceptance to emit greenhouse gases, but also that we do not give up on mobility. This will not be achieved through more efficient cars. The only way to solve this equation – apart from cycling probably – is to share vehicles more. There are many versions of that, good old public transport, Demand-Responsive Transit (as proposed by Padam Mobility), carpooling, vehicle-sharing economy (provided that it does not cannibalize public transport)… We can still do much more: make energy-efficient modes more convenient and cheaper than the car in cities and suburbs, force all taxis and ride-hailing vehicles in cities to be shared, re-think our streets primarily for public transport, transform our economy to rely less on the jobs of the car-making industry.

Let us follow the health guidelines, wear masks, skip unnecessary travel and take other necessary measures to avoid a new significant wave of coronavirus infections. But let us also trust people around us, learn to share more what can be shared, solve issues in a collaborative way. Our freedom and ability to move in the future depend on that. Just like wearing masks saves lives today, using and promoting public transport today preserves our society in 2040 and beyond.

It is a time to be ambitious about public transportation.

 

Grégoire Bonnat.

 

Lire la suite

Padam Mobility offers technological solutions to ensure social distancing in transport

End of stay-at-home order

During the month of May, the population will experience a gradual end of lockdown. Returning to school or to the work, the issue of traveling within safe distances is a challenge.

Transforming bus lines that embark passengers at stops into vehicles that take reservations via mobile app, website or phone, will guarantee social distancing.

This will avoid passengers having to let buses pass because they carry too many passengers. With the right technology, it is also very simple to implement.

It is a matter of accompanying public transport in in the end of lockdown for which it is already urgent to prepare, with ambition and a sense of responsibility. To get out of the health crisis, but also the economic and social crisis we are experiencing.

Grégoire Bonnat, Co-founder and CEO of Padam Mobility

Presented by governments around the world, the end of the saty-at-home order plans set out broad strategic guidelines. Priority subjects: public health, getting people back to work, reopening businesses, schools and transport.

To avoid contagion in metros, buses or trams while allowing citizens to move around, one possible solution may be to transform the usual lines into on-demand transport, easily adaptable and meeting health safety requirements.

Transforming a bus line into a on-demand Transport : a preferred means of mobility to adapt to all demands while ensuring health safety.

On a very simple model, users will be able to reserve a seat on their bus via a mobile application, a website, or a dedicated call centre. The number of seats available in a vehicle at a given time will depend on health constraints. This number could be evolving very easily as the end of the stay-at-home order progresses: technology allows it. Thus, it will be possible to ensure a filling of 20%, then 40%, 60%, and so on until the return to normal. It will even be possible to go back if necessary.

Transportation is guaranteed, there is no more risk of ending up in a full bus, or of having to let it pass without knowing if there will be room in the next one. The transportation offer becomes clear and readable for everyone.

Several customers have already asked us to set up reservation solutions adapted to the specific needs of the period.

From one day to another, we will get instructions related to the opening of this school or that factory. Public transportation must be able to adapt very quickly. On-demand Transport works with an associated software that allows us to foresee and guarantee reservations. It is a tailor-made mobility solution, adaptable in real time and therefore extremely relevant in this context of end of stay-at-home order.

Grégoire Bonnat, Co-founder and CEO of Padam Mobility

End of lockdown and massive influx of passengers: the concern of public transit operators

“Transports are a key factor in economic recovery, but it is particularly difficult to maintain physical distancing and sanitary measures,” introduced the French Prime Minister before detailing future government measures for public transport.

For the entire Paris region, RATP President Catherine Guillouard already explained on France Inter on 24 April that ensuring safe distances would not be feasible, given the hyper-density of the Parisian network: “If we had to apply the rules of social distancing, we would only produce 2 million journeys per day, compared to 8 million with a network supply at 70%. …] We must plead for teleworking and refer to the new mobilities”. Maintained until now at 30%, RATP traffic should increase to 70% from the first day of the end of stay-at-home order. An opinion supported by the UNSA-RATP union, judging that it would be “unmanageable by the company” to police all travellers and committing everyone to take responsibility and to telework as much as possible.

The same concerns and observations were made by other French cities, such as Le Mans and Lyon, which are preparing to reopen 80% of their public transit networks. Last Wednesday (22 April), the SYTRAL president Fouziya Bouzerda presented the measures envisaged during the end of the stay-at-home order to manage the flow of passengers to come: installation of vending machines in metro stations allowing the purchase of kits containing masks and hydroalcoholic gel, installation of automatic disinfecting kiosks and cleaning of trains with virucide.

By offering to reduce and guarantee the number of seats available in the vehicles to respect social distancing, Padam Mobility ensures the continuity of its services in strict compliance with the health measures in force (wearing of masks for drivers, systematic disinfection of vehicles).

 

Find out more about DRT’s adaptations in times of CoVid 19

Coronavirus : learn how Padam Mobility helps DRT operators to adapt their services

 

 

Lire la suite

Public Authorities and Operators make massive use of DRT to adapt to the crisis

Demand-Responsive Transport CoVid 19

In this period of CoVid 19 health crisis, all of the affected countries have largely readjusted their transport offer. Demand responsive transport (DRT) is not exempt to this rule. The flexibility of its operation enables it to respond quickly and efficiently to the travel needs of the healthcare personnel while respecting the security measures in force. A tour of these DRT services that have been able to adapt overnight to the new health context.    

All over France, regular DRT services are adapting to serve healthcare institutions and responding to the caregiver’s rhythms.

In Menton, Zestbus, previously a regular shuttle service dedicated to the inhabitants of the town, has been transformed into a DRT service specially addressed to the carers of the riviera. In Fleurance near Toulouse, the existing DRT service for senior citizens or people with no means of transportation is being reconfigured to transport the staff of public health institutions. In Strasbourg, in the Grand-Est region, the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS), in collaboration with Padam Mobility, has adapted its Flex’hop Z1 DRT service to the needs of hospital staff.The capacity of their vehicles is limited to two people in addition to the driver.

In Saint-Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais region of France, DRT Mouvéo’s service optimization algorithms have been adapted by Padam Mobility to expand the service perimeter and meet new travel needs.

 Some DRT services are created from scratch to improve the mobility of the medical profession.

As is the case in Nice,, where a DRT service has been specifically set up for hospital staff. Open 24/7, the vehicles are operated jointly by the Régie Ligne d’Azur and the city’s taxis.

The Transport of Persons with Reduced Mobility (TPMR) services are also open to the transport of care personnel.

In Bordeaux (Mobibus), Saint-Étienne (HandiSTAS), Nancy (Synergihp), Toulouse (Tisseo), Nantes (Tan), Orléans (TAO), Le Havre (MobiFil), existing MPRT services were opened free of charge – usually 24/7 – to hospital, clinic and Hospice staff. In Grenoble, the Fléxo+ TPMR service open exclusively to caregivers is used on average 130 times a day.

Demand responsive transports that remain open to the general public are organised in such a way as to ensure that social distancing measures are respected.

Ile-de-France Mobilités, the Ile-de-France transport authority, has decided to keep all its DRT (DRT IDFM Padam Mobility) services open after implementing numerous safety and health measures in partnership with local authorities and operators.

In Marne La Vallée, east of Paris, Plus de Pep’s DRT service working with Padam Mobility has been reconfigured by Padam Mobility to no longer offer journeys to or from the market.

In Lyon, the DRT service, TCL on demand, which works with Padam Mobility, the Sytral has reduced the number of seats available in each vehicle to two in order to comply with the 1 metre safety distance recommended by the authorities.

With the reduction in group travel in Bain-de-Bretagne, the community of communes has decided to maintain the Tadi Lib’ demand responsive transport service in the twenty communes of the inter-communal territory for the most vulnerable people. In Morbihan, the town of Auray and Keolis have decided to keep the DRT Auray Bus service open, under the same operating conditions, in particular to facilitate travel for healthcare staff and relatives of isolated people, while reinforcing health rules for the benefit of all.

In the Gard Rhodanien, the bus lines are closed except for transport on demand provided by the UGGO service, intended for people over 65 years of age.

DRT services abroad are not left behind and are also adapting to the health context. 

In York, USA, the DRT Rabbit transit service has implemented strict security measures following Governor Wolf’s recommendations.

In Scotland, 3 bus services have converted to DRT to guarantee service to the territories. In Edinburgh,  Border buses allow healthcare staff to travel free of charge. In Jedburgh and Newcastle, Peter Hogg and Telfords services remain open to all and are accessible by reservation 24/7.

In Padua, Italy, the operator Busitalia has modified its DRT Night Shift service. Initially designed for night travel by students, the service hours have been extended to the whole day.

In Quebec, in the municipality of Charlevoix, the  County Transit service also interrupted its night service to operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. In addition to meeting the travel needs of residents, it provides meals and essential supplies to seniors’ centres.

Local authorities and operators are organized and committed to guaranteeing the continuity of the public transport service in the best possible sanitary conditions and to providing a response adapted to the travel needs of healthcare personnel.  

Thanks to their flexible management, Padam Mobility’s dynamic DRT solutions have proven their efficiency and their ability to adapt to the particularities of these new contexts. The company continues its commitment to develop ever more intelligent and inclusive mobility solutions, more agile and supportive, which will adapt to tomorrow’s world, post Covid-19. 

 

Lire la suite

Coronavirus: Demand-Responsive Transport operators adapt their services with the help of Padam Mobility

Covid-19

Covid-19: in support of populations, Demand-Responsive operators adapt their services with the help of Padam Mobility.

In the context of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the land transport sector has to adapt in order to ensure continuity of service and the transportation of healthcare personnel, in compliance with the measures put in place by the government. The latter is reorganising to limit the movement of citizens to what is strictly necessary, under adequate sanitary conditions. Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) is a flexible alternative that makes the most of the strengths of public transport. 

Cities are adapting their DRT service to the coronavirus context in France and Italy thanks to Padam Mobility’s technology

Faced with the health crisis and demand from cities and operators, Padam Mobility is adapting its Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) solutions in France and Italy to ensure reduced travel for citizens and healthcare personnel and to limit vehicle density, both between passengers and between passengers and drivers.

TOD services in France in the context of the coronavirus
  • In Strasbourg, in the Grand-Est region which is the most affected by the epidemic in France, the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS), in collaboration with Padam Mobility, is adapting its Flex’hop Z1 TAD service to the needs of hospital staff. By extending the service time slots and serving essential locations. From 26 March and until further notice, from 5 am to 10 pm every day, the service will also serve the Hautepierre Hospital and the Civil Hospital. During periods of confinement, the Flex’Hop mobile application is adapting to the massive reduction in the number of public transport users and is multiplying its DRT solutions. To make a reservation via the application, all you have to do is enter the date of your ride, the timetable and the number of passengers. It should be noted that in this period of health crisis and in order to respect the measures implemented for social distancing, the capacity of vehicles is limited to two people in addition to the driver, made possible by the limitation of the number of reservations available in the system. Passengers can also book their ride via www.cts-strasbourg.eu or the following toll-free number: 0 800 200 120.
  • In Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, the Mouvéo service has adapted its Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) service. Thanks to an optimization algorithm, Padam Mobility enables the number of buses to be adapted and a better coverage of the territory to enable more extensive travel in the region, where necessary.
  • In Lyon and on the Lyon Public Transport conventional and DRT networks (TCL), the Sytral (Lyon’s Public Transport Authority) has reduced the number of available seats in each bus to two. This initiative makes it possible to respect the 1-metre safety distance set by the government. Thanks to the flexibility of Padam Mobility’s solutions, Lyon’s Demand-Responsive transport allows everyone to be protected.
  • In Marne La Vallée, eastern Paris, Plus de Pep’s has adapted its DRT service to shut down routes to the market in times of coronavirus. Contrary to traditional public transport, changing the routes does not cause any delay or loss of time, quite the contrary. In fact, the Demand-Responsive Transport solutions developed by Padam Mobility and based on artificial intelligence, allow route optimisation and greater flexibility.
Padam Mobility’s TAD solutions in Italy in the context of coronavirus

In Padua, Veneto, at the epicentre of the epidemic in Italy, Busitalia has modified its TAD service originally designed to help students travel at night. Since 17 March and until further notice, in order to help the population and guarantee the most urgent rides, Padam Mobility, in collaboration with Busitalia Veneto and the city of Padua, have agreed to extend the service’s timetable from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. In addition, it has been agreed to set up a website so that users can book a DRT online if they do not have a smartphone to do so via the Padam Mobility mobile application.

Padam Mobility is thinking about the transport of tomorrow

In times of coronavirus, Padam Mobility organizes itself internally to ensure business continuity in the best possible conditions: generalized home-office, virtual coffee machine open to all, or even webinar trainings to facilitate remote meetings. All this is done with a view to transparency and responsiveness. Thanks to accessible and economical technologies, Padam Mobility continues its commitment to develop more inclusive and mobile solutions that adapt to tomorrow’s world, post Covid-19. More agile and more supportive.  More than ever, Dynamic Demand-Responsive Transport solutions are proving their efficiency and their ability to adapt to all contexts.

 

Find out more about Padam Mobility 

Learn more about the Fair Mobility enabled by the Demand-Responsive Transport

Lire la suite

Padam Mobility joins Drive Sweden

Drive Sweden
Padam Mobility joins Drive Sweden and is now partner of the Swedish program

Launched by the Swedish government, Drive Sweden is a strategic innovation program funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Innovation Agency. Its objective: to feed and animate a cross-functional and inter-professional collaboration platform to push the development of sustainable mobility solutions for goods and people.

A solid network of partners to co-construct the mobility of tomorrow

By joining Drive Sweden, Padam Mobility affirms its commitment to the research, development and perpetuation of shared, smart, efficient and connected mobility solutions that are sustainable, inclusive and accessible.

The company joins a network of partners including the biggest actors in the transport and innovation industry (Keolis, Volvo, Bombardier, Easymile, etc.). The program brings together more than 50 actors of different activities: public authorities, cities, academics and a wide variety of companies and start-ups. It creates favorable conditions for collaboration between partners and facilitates the identification of needs and challenges to be resolved in terms of the mobility of goods and people through five themes: Society Planning, Digital Infrastructure, Policy Development, Business Model and Public Engagement.

Padam Mobility will keep consolidating its know-how and will contribute to bring an innovative approach to mobility issues during regular public events. In addition to these events, its teams will be involved in workshops and think tanks on smart mobility, electric mobility, autonomous mobility (in particular the Autonomous Demand-Responsive Transport), MaaS and mobility in peri-urban and rural areas.

Read more about Drive Sweden

Find out more about Padam Mobility

Lire la suite

Padam Mobility meets elected officials and users of La Saire

Réunion publique information La Saire

Public information meeting: on January 30, 2020, Padam Mobility, local elected officials and users of La Saire (Le Cotentin, Normandy) met to take stock of the excellent results of the La Saire TAD Demand-Responsive Transport service.

Very encouraging feedbacks

The La Saire TAD DRT service has been very successful. It registered new users every day for around 1,000 trips made each month. Its ridership remained in strong increase and its pooling rate was close to 60%, which is very appreciable in a rural area. Finally, users rated the service on average 4.7 / 5.

Mothers and youngsters are the most satisfied

I think I can speak on behalf of all the mothers in the room who no longer need to bring their children to school, you have changed our lives at La Saire!”. A mother present in the audience.

The service is very practical and very easy to use”. A teenage girl present in the audience.

A service planned to restart and expand

The elected representatives of the Urban Community of Le Cotentin announced that they were studying very closely the follow-ups that could be given to the service. The chances that the service will restart and be extended to new areas in 2020 are great, but the decision must be submitted to the next Community Council for approval. Padam Mobility could continue to optimize its solutions and make them even more suited to the rural characteristics of the La Saire territory.

A DRT service like La Saire TAD has the potential to revive local life. We talked to the users and they told us that it made all the difference, especially for young people. The latter sometimes had no mobility alternative. We can also think of the tourists who get to Cherbourg train station and cannot move without a car to visit this wonderful region. We hope that the restart of the service and its extension will stimulate a real local dynamic and continue to address certain use cases and specific mobility needs”. Andreas Dieryck, Product Manager at Padam Mobility, present at the public information meeting.

A time of exchange between local elected representatives, the media, users and Padam Mobility

The public information meeting organized at the Digosville municipal hall brought together around fifty people. It was preceded by a press point with local correspondents (La Presse de la Manche, Ouest France and La Manche Libre). This was followed by a presentation of local elected officials: Noël Lefèvre, Transport and Mobilities Vice-President at Urban Community, mayor of Saint-Jacques-de-Néhou; Arnaud Catherine, delegate councilor for urban transportation of the Urban Community and Deputy Mayor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Serge Martin, mayor of Digosville; Evelyne Mouchel, mayor of Mesnil-au-Val; Carole Gosswiller, Deputy Mayor of Bretteville and the Mayor of Bretteville, Pierre Philippart. Keolis (transit operator of the Zéphir network) was also present in the person of Romain Dandois, Marketing Manager.

This public information meeting enabled Padam Mobility to once again present its Demand-Responsive Transport solutions and in particular its optimization algorithms based on artificial intelligence and its user interfaces: application, booking website and call center. The meeting allowed to take stock of the level of deployment of Padam Mobility technology in France and abroad but also to answer questions from citizens on the La Saire TAD network, inaugurated in July 2019 for a first six-month experiment .

Find out more about Padam Mobility solutions

Learn more about the users of the La Saire TAD Demand-Responsive Transport

Lire la suite

Padam Mobility participates for the first time at the 27th French National Public Transport meeting (RNTP)

Demand-Responsive Transport meeting

Alternative mobility is today a major economic, ecological and sociological concern. Thus are held in Nantes from October 1st to 3rd the 27th French National Public Transport meeting (RNTP). Padam Mobility is one of 200 exhibitors, at booth H3-40b. The company provides smart solutions for operational support dedicated to Demand-Responsive Transport. It is spreading more and more in different territories from the Paris region to the international. Its CEO will intervene during the RNTP on October 1st at 11:00 about the conception of efficient Demand-Responsive Transport services.

Providing a sustainable mobility offer to all French citizen

The RNTP meeting’s thematic this year is “Mobility everywhere and for all”. Thus, this thematic underlines the importance of accessibility to efficient and affordable means of transportation to all citizens. Among the related challenges: serving low-density areas, the full coverage of the territory, the financing of infrastructure and their economic model … These challenges are the heart of Padam Mobility solutions.

Making Demand-Responsive Transport services easier and more efficient

Founded in 2014, Padam Mobility uses artificial intelligence to make Demand-Responsive Transport services easier and more efficient for passengers and drivers. Provided as white label, the interfaces are fully customized and are included in the mobility offers proposed by territories or transit operators. Passenger interfaces (mobile application, website or call centre) allow to book, pay and check in real time the location of the vehicles. The driver’s application continuously calculates the best itinerary to answer optimally the user requests while guiding the driver along his route.

The deployment of Padam Mobility Demand-Responsive Transport solutions

Padam Mobility solutions appeal to many territories. Indeed, over the last 4 years, Padam Mobility has already made its users travel 2 million kilometres. Already implemented in many territories such as Sophia Antipolis, Cotentin, Orléans, Lille, Chelles, Meaux, Padua in Italy, in Hong Kong and soon Helsinki and Madrid, Padam Mobility solutions are also being deployed throughout the Paris Great area in collaboration with Île de France Mobilités (IDFM). To introduce its service and its advantages, Padam Mobility will intervene on October 1st from 11am to 11.30am at the Agora on the thematic “Designing efficient demand-responsive transport: issues, methods and little secrets. “

The quality of this meeting is for Padam Mobility the opportunity to go deeper into the challenges related to Demand-Responsive transport and shared mobility. Indeed, participants are more mature on these topics, and we can discuss on the “how” announces Grégoire Bonnat, CEO and co-founder of Padam Mobility

The RNTP meeting showcases the best innovations from all industries of public transport, rail, road and active mobility. Thus, all sectors are presented. The latest achievements in urban, interurban, regional and national travels as well. Over 16,000 m², 6,000 participants, qualified visitors and decision-makers come to discover new mobility solutions.

Practical information
  • 27th French National Public Transport meeting (27èmes Rencontres nationales du transport public RNTP)
  • EXPONANTES, Exhibition Center, Route of St. Joseph de Porterie, 44300 NANTES
  • October 1st: 9:00 – 18:30 / October 2: 9:00 – 18:30 / October 3: 9:00 – 14:00
  • PADAM MOBILITY, booth H3-40b
  • Conference on “Designing efficient Demand-Responsive Transport” at the Agora on October 1st from 11am to 11.30am

 

Learn more about the advantages of Demand-Responsive Transport

Learn more about Padam Mobility Demand-Responsive Transport solutions

Lire la suite

Padam Mobility keeps deploying its DRT in the Paris region

Transport à la Demande Ile-de-France
With its Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) solutions, Padam Mobility keeps expanding in Île-de-France and is helping the Paris region to reduce the environmental footprint.

Also known as the “ecological footprint”, the environmental footprint is an indicator that measures the impact of human activities on the environment. Among other greenhouse gas emitting sectors, the transportation one has real ecological repercussions on the atmosphere. In addition to having a harmful impact on nature, pollution from car traffic is also harmful to health. Private cars remains the preferred means of transportation for French people for their short trips, mostly for home-to-work trips. According to a report written in 2018 by the Réseau Action Climat entitled “Transports et Pollutions”, the share of private vehicle use in France is 65% for daily trips (and long journeys), to the detriment of other types of transport mode that are more ecological.

In densely populated areas, road traffic generates very high carbon monoxide emissions. To limit these releases that poison air quality, we must rethink the ways of moving. Committed since its creation to the development of greener and more responsible mobility, Padam Mobility has incorporated the ecological issue into its DNA from its beginnings.

With its dynamic Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) solutions based on Artificial Intelligence, Padam Mobility is using its expertise to revolutionize everyday mobility. Since the recent adoption of the French Mobility Law (called LOM) on November 19, 2019, Padam Mobility affirms its commitment to act alongside companies and communities to improve the mobility of employees and users between their home and their place of work.

By precisely adapting its offer to the nature and needs of its customers (transit operators and transport authorities, local authorities, companies, individuals, etc.), Padam Mobility questions historical transport patterns, and, among other things, the use of the private car as a mean of transportation.

Padam Mobility’s green figures

In response to the environmental challenge and the ecological transition, DRT is a response that is as relevant as effective in combating global warming. By designing smart, optimized and inexpensive mobility services, Padam Mobility contributes to:

  • Reducing the use of the private car thanks to alternative mobility solutions when conventional public transportation shows its limits. In this way, Padam Mobility has enabled its users to save around 82,000 km of car trips, equivalent to 16 tonnes of CO2 not emitted.
  • Optimizing existing transportation services with smart and dynamic solutions to avoid empty trips and calculate the best routes. In concrete terms, the average pooling rate of Padam Mobility DRT services is 80%. It can reach 92% on the best optimized services.
  • The development of solutions that encourage Padam Mobility’s users to adopt eco-gestures to think about their mobility and choose their itinerary according to their environmental impact. According to a study by Padam Mobility, indicating the most fuel-efficient itinerary to DRT users would, on average, save 500 kilos of CO2 per vehicle per year.
6 new territories in the Paris region covered by Padam Mobility’s DRT solutions

Already present in the Paris region (at Gally-Mauldre, Meaux, Bois-le-Roi, Centre-Essone, Vexin, Nangis, Perthes en Gatinais, Melun and La Ferté), Padam Mobility solutions will soon be deployed in 6 new territories covered by Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM, the Paris region’s Public Transport Authority). For IDFM, Padam Mobility’s expertise meets the mobility challenges of the Île-de-France region by configuring DRT services adapted to local issues.

Effective from January 6, 2020, this new deployment will concern the following 6 IDFM territories: Nemours, Coulommiers, Gretz-Ozoir-Tournan, Saint Mard, Houdan-Montfort, Rambouillet Ouest.

 

Find out more about Padam Mobility solutions

Lire la suite
1 2
Page 1 of 2