Daimler is expanding the availability of its unique mobility platform to the German capital this week, after a successful trial period in Stuttgart.
The new moovel app bundles the offers from various mobility providers to help commuters determine the best way to get from A to B.
A second trial period beginning in Berlin will see the integration of the car giant’s own car2go short-term car hire service, allowing users to examine hiring a smart fortwo against other transport options such as car sharing, taking the bus or train.
"Berlin sees car2go join the 'moovel' club. This represents yet another step on the on-going and systematic expansion of the intelligent urban mobility network," says Wilfried Steffen, Head of Business Innovation at Daimler AG.
"Thanks to 'moovel', the capital's wide range of mobility services is much more transparent, resulting in a completely new mobility network." Stefan Müller, Managing Director of car2go Europe GmbH, adds: "The 'moovel' platform also gives our customers a fantastic tool that makes it even easier for them to move around in the city using multiple modes of transport. I very much welcome the integration of car2go and am confident that our 25,000 customers in Berlin will quickly adopt this new way of accessing comprehensive information about mobility offers."
For the launch of moovel in Berlin, offers from Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg and mitfahrgelegenheit.de are integrated. The moovel app will also display free car2go vehicles, which users will be able to reserve. Prices and times for public transport services will also be displayed. A taxicab call function completes the list of options. It allows customers to order a cab from one of the local taxi companies by phone from the app. Offers from the smartphone based myTaxi app will also be integrated into moovel.
Markus Barnikel, CEO of carpooling.com GmbH, whose German website mitfahrgelegenheit.de is an integral component of moovel, said: "Berlin has been the top long-distance destination on mitfahrgelegenheit.de for years. Plus, Berlin residents increasingly want to form carpools for shorter distances. 'moovel' offers them an efficient way doing so, even while on the move."
A free app and mobile website (m.moovel.com) enable moovel to be used on many smartphones.
The first "moovel" pilot project was launched on 11 July 2012 in Stuttgart in cooperation with local partners Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB), Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart GmbH (VVS) and mitfahrgelegenheit.de.
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