A new shuttle service operated by DB’s subsidiary ioki launched Wednesday (July 18, 2018) in Hamburg connecting any address in the suburbs of Lurup and Osdorf with stops and destinations. The ride sharing concept has an electric vehicle that can be booked via an app at the HVV rate. The vehicles are operated by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH).
On-demand service picks up passengers from front door
Passengers can use the service during the launch phase from Monday to Friday between 4 am and 1 am the following night – from mid-August and then 24/7. The trip can be booked per app. A journey can be requested from any address in Lurup and Osdort to a desired stop and vice versa. An algorithm organizes them. If several passengers request a similar route, they are automatically bundled into a carpool. Berthold Huber, Board Member for Passenger Transport at Deutsche Bahn (DB), stressed: “More mobility with less traffic: this is what we want to make possible with our new ioki Hamburg on-demand service. The shuttle offers a comfortable connection to the existing public transport system. So there’s no need to drive your own car.”
Emission and barrier-free – space for up to six people
In addition to 60 existing bus stops, an additional 65 stops were set up for the so-called on-demand shuttle meaning either an ioki stop or a bus stop can be found within a radius of 200 metres. The vehicles are emission-free and are manufactured by the Britain’s LEVC. They offer space for up to six passengers and are also barrier-free. Both wheelchairs and prams can be transported with them. The company is operating a small fleet initially and will expand it depending on demand.
Part of ITS strategy
Hamburg is driving ahead the senate’s strategy for Intelligent Transport System with this mobility as a service solution (MaaS). Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, explained: “In a good three years’ time, the World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems will take place in Hamburg. By then more and more projects will become visible in the cityscape that underline our path to becoming a model city for modern mobility. The ioki service launched today is a good example of this It keeps people mobile in an environmentally friendly way and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation and strengthens local public transport”.