The U-Bahn station for e-scooters: Berlin (germany) – mobility app has it all

(Reuters) – Germany’s fast-growing capital city of Berlin is in the running for the technology and for the promotion of the use of just about every form of public transport, with the exception of the car as she races to stop the city from seizing on an increase in traffic congestion.

A subway train passes through a column of a Jelbi train Station in Berlin, Germany on the 22nd September, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

A new app is completely live on Tuesday, offering customers a one-stop selection of options, ranging from the U-Bahn station for e-scooters, making city of 3.6 million is one of the first to have a common ” mobility-as-a-service.

The app is called, Jelbi, is run by the BVG transport authority (fsa), and it runs on the technology of a Trafi, a Lithuanian startup that has built a similar platform for mobility in Vilnius, and along with Prague, and Jakarta, indonesia.

“Jelbi is a solution for people to move into shared forms of mobility – and to avoid a transportation collapse,” Jelbi the head of Michel Heider said in an interview. The app’s name is a pun on the German word for ‘yellow’ – BVG ” s design.

The roll-out of rapid, open-ended BVG struck an agreement with Trafi in January, and a month later they drew a strong response when the requested placement of the mobility service providers to participate in the project, said Heider.

BVG is required is that the partners have to be fully integrated into the Jelbi app, which means that users can use a single registration to book and pay for the carriage on to the platform.

It has to be a soft launch in June, with its own subway and bus service, rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, electric scooter, is This; the car-sharing service, Km, and the bikes from Nextbike.

Now, BVG has been in the process of completing the Jelbi menu with its own on-demand minibus service that Berlkoenig; kick scooter-Tier and conventional the taxis of the Taxi in Berlin. “Of all the forms of transport will be offered starting in October,” Heider told Reuters.


The set-up of the Jelbi, it is a bit like opening an account at a smartphone banking Users must upload a selfie with a photo of their passport, driver’s license, and verify that it is a way to pay for it.

So far, about 60% of the people who downloaded the app have not taken that next step. On average, a book to 2.3 times per week, said Heider.

For Trafi, which has so far raised $14 million in support from investors in the city is an important milestone. The mobility of the app will be live in Vilnius two years ago, and is now used by one-fifth of the people living there.

“Berlin is still the world’s largest enterprise mobility-as-a-service city,” CEO and co-founder Martynas Gudonavicius, told Reuters.

“It’s monumental, and I think it is also going to be starting in a phase of new implementations,” he said, adding that the Trafi was busy with many other European cities, and even countries at the launch of the mobility in applications.

There are competitors in the area, including the German start-Wunder-Mobility, that is, to build a mobile solution for the city of Hamburg, germany, and recently raised $60 million from investors.

A shared electric car that is charged by a Jelbi train Station in Berlin, Germany on the 22nd September, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Jelbi is an exercise in scaling the technology to help people quickly and easily from point A to point B. Trafi license of the software to the BVG, which is only a service fee but does not take an commission of the mobility service providers.

For Heider, Jelbi, it is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle which consists in the creation of mobility hubs, fitted with loading stations in the vicinity of the subway and train stations, and the opening of more space for the shared modes of transport.

“People have to have their cars behind and use the Jelbi to get around town,” said Heider. “We want to make Jelbi, the Number 1 is the interface to the shared-mobility Berlin.”

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Darren Schuettler

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