Hamburg’s on-demand shuttle service, Ioki, is one of the ten winners of the German Mobility Award 2019. A total of 270 companies, start-ups, research institutions and associations had entered the contest. The annual award is presented by the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to highlight intelligent mobility solutions and digital innovations. Some 20 IOKI electric vehicles complement fixed timetables in Hamburg’s public transport network and are operated by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) and Ioki, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Passengers are brought to their destinations on flexible routes and car pools can be formed using algorithms.
Creating equal living conditions in Germany
The awards will be presented in November 2019 and honour projects that create equivalent living conditions in Germany e.g. IOKI’s collective taxis under the motto “Intelligent on the road. Transporting people – connecting living spaces”. “This year’s award winners are bridge builders between worlds. They have succeeded exemplarily in using the opportunities of digitization for our mobility,” said Dieter Kempf, President of the Confederation of German Industry e. V. (BDI) and the Germany – Land of Ideas e. V. association.
Senate’s strategy for intelligent transport systems
“We need brainwaves instead of debates about bans,” said Andreas Scheuer, German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. “We can only win the hearts and minds of people with fresh ideas and clever innovations”. Ioki is one of several projects currently being implemented as part of the senate’s strategy for achieving intelligent transport systems (ITS) in the run-up to the ITS World Congress, which Hamburg is hosting from October 11-15, 2021. More than 200,000 passengers have already used the service, according to an interim report published on the first anniversary of Ioki. Around 170 tons of CO2 have been saved, the providers said.
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