All-in-One Urban Transportation App

A new app in Hannover gathers every mode of urban transportation under one platform, making it easier for users to navigate the city via transit.

The Mobility Shop is a transit app launched by Hannover’s transit agency, GVH, and provider üstra, which offers all forms of transportation on a single platform, making multi-modal trips fast and easy, and discouraging private car use. The app integrates routing, booking, and billing for all public transit options as well as taxis, car-sharing, bike-sharing, and parking.

Users simply enter their starting point and destination and the app offers all trip options organized by cost and duration of journey, allowing the user to select their preferred mode(s) of transit. Billing is integrated into the app, allowing users a number of different purchasing options, including single rides and long-term subscriptions, all under a single account.

Relevance of solution

Congestion, private vehicle ownership, and insufficient public transportation systems are major challenges facing urban societies, constraining economic growth and negatively impacting public health and environmental sustainability. 1 By making public and shared transportation systems easier to use and more accessible, Mobility Shop helps improve multi-modal mobility and reduces the need for private vehicle ownership.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

Cars and vans produce about 15% of CO2 emissions in the EU. 2 The Mobility Shop helps to reduce this number by discouraging private vehicle use.

Social

Mobility as a service reduces the time and money spent on multiple distinct transit providers.

Economic

Traffic congestion is estimated to cost Germany $44 billion annually by 2030. 3 Services like Mobility Shop can reduce this cost by alleviating congestion and promoting multi-modal transit.


Sources

  1. World Bank. “Urban Transport.” (Undated)
  2. European Commission. “Road Transport: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Vehicles.” (2016)
  3. Inrix. “Economic & Environmental Impact of Traffic Congestion in Europe & the US.” (2014)