New App "Mobil in Düsseldorf": Rheinbahn and moovel ease access to mobility
- Düsseldorf's Rheinbahn and moovel Group GmbH co-launch new
mobility app, "Mobil in Düsseldorf"
- Easy access to several mobility providers in one single app
- Book and pay for mobile tickets via smartphone
Düsseldorf/Stuttgart, November, 2018. Get across town with just one
app: Rheinbahn and moovel Group GmbH are now offering the "Mobil in
Düsseldorf" app, which lets users search and compare various means of
transport and directly book the respective ticket.
The "Mobil in Düsseldorf" app shows connections and departure times of
buses and trains across the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) area
and notifies users in real time of any delays or canceled services. The
app also give users access to available bikes for hire from the region's
bike-sharing provider, Nextbike, and vehicles of car sharing provider
car2go, while a map indicates P+R car parks. "Mobil in Düsseldorf" is
available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
How the app works: The user is localized or enters a specific starting
point and then searches for the destination of their choice. The app
immediately displays all available mobility services, which can either
be booked directly via the app, or the user is forwarded to the
respective provider. Nextbike bicycles and car2go vehicles are directly
available via the "Mobil in Düsseldorf" app. Users simply look for an
available vehicle in the vicinity, book it and drive away. In the
Rhineland region, the car2go fleet comprises around 650 vehicles. If
users choose to go by bus or rail, they can buy their ticket in the app
at a couple of clicks and instantly receive their digital ticket on
their smartphone. Users can pay for tickets via their PayPal account or
by credit card, which they add when registering with the app. Initially,
single tickets for adults and children and 24- and 48-hour tickets for
one or up to five persons will be available for the entire VRR area
(price levels A to D).
How P+R car park displaying works: When the user clicks on a P+R car
park on the map, the app displays the nearest stop, the lines that run
there, and the total amount of spaces available at the car park.
Additional functions are planned in the future, such as showing how full
the car park is in real time, booking a space and opening the gate.
The app will continue to be developed. Next steps include the
integration of the stadtmobil car sharing provider and the mytaxi taxi
Numbering around 3,340 stops, Düsseldorf's Rheinbahn is the largest
transit authority in Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr and stands for
flexibility and mobility. On work days, Rheinbahn conveys around 740,000
people to their destinations with a total of 735 vehicles on 132 lines.
It thus actively contributes to climate and environmental protection.
Key contributions for better air and a clean future focus on early bus
fleet renewal and intelligent technology for accelerating bus and rail
As Andrea Wirth, Head of Marketing and Sales of Rheinbahn, explains:
"The 'Mobil in Düsseldorf' app lets Rheinbahn push ahead with networking
various urban mobility providers and the digitization of its services.
As a modern, future-focused transit authority, we are committed to
making the use of buses, trains, and tickets as simple as possible.
Easing access, encouraging people to rethink their attitudes, and paving
the way to climate-friendly mobility is what motivates us. Linking in
bike and car sharing providers is a crucial step in the right direction
as we simplify travel for tomorrow's customers -- conveying them
conveniently from door to door.
Besides Düsseldorf, the German cities of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Karlsruhe,
and Aschaffenburg use the mobility-as-a-service platform of moovel.
"Along with Rheinbahn, we are delighted to do our part in facilitating
access to various mobility services in Düsseldorf and thus ease use of
public transport and alternative means of transportation," says Daniela
Gerd tom Markotten, CEO of moovel Group GmbH. "Our Mobility-as-a-Service
platform is aimed at helping cities and transit authorities to
facilitate access to mobility and enhance quality of life in cities."
The digital application was developed by moovel Group GmbH, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. moovel's mobility-as-a-service platform
lets transit authorities offer mobile tickets via an app in their own
name and corporate look and incorporate further mobility services. More
than 5.7 million people worldwide use products of moovel Group GmbH.
Rheinbahn provides climate-friendly mobility in Düsseldorf, the capital
of North Rhine-Westphalia, and in the districts of Mettmann and Neuss.
As the largest of the 20 transit authorities in Verkehrsverbund
Rhein-Ruhr (VRR), it conveys more than 224 million passengers with 11
light-rail lines, 7 tram lines and 114 bus lines annually.
moovel Group GmbH
moovel Group GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, has set
itself the goal of simplifying mobility in cities and improving people's
quality of life. With its mobility-as-a-service platform, moovel offers
cities and transit authorities a toolbox they can use to help integrate
various mobility providers. The MaaS platform can also be used to
optimize a city's traffic flow. moovel refers to this as an "operating
system for urban mobility". One of the most important components of this
operating system is the mobility app -- an interface between cities,
transit authorities, and end users. This allows users to book and pay
for public transportation tickets, as well as other mobility options
such as car sharing, ridehailing, and rental bikes. In the US, moovel
offers white-label solutions for transit authorities and agencies around
the world. moovel North America is the market leader in mobile-ticketing
solutions for transit authorities. moovel on-demand is the moovel
Group's on-demand ridesharing service that has been offered as a pilot
program under the name SSB Flex in collaboration with Stuttgarter
Straßenbahnen AG since June 2018.