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Vianova nets landmark deal with City of Berlin

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The City of Berlin has hired mobility data platform Vianova to resolve some of its most pressing micromobility challenges.

Following a competitive tender process, Vianova was selected by the Senate Department for Urban Mobility, Transport, Climate Action and the Environment (SenUMVK) to provide actionable insights using data acquired from Berlin’s 60,000 rental vehicles.

These insights will be used to inform urban policies and real-time governance, including infrastructure planning, building bike lanes, tackling e-scooter clutter and reducing traffic accidents.  

“Like all major cities, Berlin has struggled to integrate and get the benefits from shared e-scooters,” Vianova’s CEO Thibault Castagne told Zag Daily. “We are working with the city and e-scooter providers such as Voi and Tier to enable data-sharing on how e-scooters are being used and how to effectively introduce parking and no-parking zones to end curb clutter.”

From its data agreements with most shared operators in Berlin, Vianova will be able to access GDPR compliant, detailed information about vehicles and trips taken across the city.

“Vianova ingests and aggregates this data to create insights that are then used by the city to steer the programme and support more informed policy making.”

The partnership marks the first time that data will be collated from all of Berlin’s shared mobility fleets, and it comes after the city’s public transport operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) selected Vianova to evaluate e-scooter and car-sharing data earlier this year.

Thibault credited Berlin for being a frontrunner in developing sustainable urban environments.

“Berlin has long had a reputation for environmentally friendly mobility – the city has some of the highest bike commuting rates in the world, with seven bikes for every 10 people.

“As a company, we want to make our cities and roads safer, more sustainable and more efficient. Connected vehicle data is critical to achieving this – when you understand how roads and areas are being used and how you can then make decisions to improve them.

“In Berlin, we hope Vianova will be able to support the city and operators to better integrate shared mobility and reap the benefits of sustainable mobility for all.”

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