Mobility data platform Vianova is partnering with Berlin’s transport operator, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), to provide insight to better link public transport and shared mobility services in the German capital.
It is the first time that data from e-scooters and car sharing will be used in Germany to plan effective use of micromobility.
With Vianova’s data, BVG will plan 150 parking zones and parking order mobility hubs across the city this year.
Vianova supplies its Mobility Data Platform Cityscope to BVG, which is also in charge of the Jelbi platform, an app that concentrates Berlin’s entire public transport and over 70,000 shared vehicles.
The platform provides real-time overview and insights into the current situation in all hubs, including data on all parked devices, their location and trip status. This function is commonly used to remove broken or unused devices.
Markus Luebeck, Head of Market Development DACH at Vianova, told Zag Daily that the long-term historic function of the platform is what allows public transport operators and cities to optimise existing public infrastructure.
“The planning overview allows an understanding of the historic distribution of shared devices, such as which areas had a high amount of trips starting and ending or also parked devices,” said Luebeck. “This information can be considered when defining the size and location of a new parking spot.”
Recently, the city has established new rules to avoid improper e-scooter parking on Berlin’s streets. Vehicles may not be parked at bus stops, crossings or pedestrian crossings, and must leave at least 2.3 metres free when parking on pavements without obstructing passers-by.
Since January 1st, cyclists and e-scooter riders are allowed to park for free in car parking spaces in the city.
Before winning this tender, Vianova has been collaborating with various cities in Europe. Most recently, the Paris-based startup closed a deal with Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven to optimise the integration of new shared mobility services.