London, here we come!

Together with RATPDev, one of the world's largest transport companies, we are planning a joint ride-sharing test in London. Under the leadership of the London Transport Authority, Transport for London (TfL), we will begin testing this autumn.

Unlike in Hamburg or Hanover, our project in London is a pilot project, lasting for 12 months. In the district of Ealing, we examine the extent to which people are prepared to switch from their own car to more sustainable mobility services and how ride-sharing can meaningfully supplement public transport. Private vehicle ownership is high in Ealing, with studies showing that around 40 per cent of residents commute to work with their own car. The MOIA and RATPDev pooling vehicles will complement the existing bus network, while also improving access to tube and train stations. Ride-sharing can make more efficient use of urban road infrastructure, avoid congestion and emissions, and thus reduce the burden on the environment.

London is an important project for us in several ways. For the first time, we are not launching a ride-sharing service ourselves, but in cooperation with a public transport operator. With RATPDev, we have an industry heavyweight by our side and hope for important insights for future cooperation models. At the same time, we are gathering our first international experience in London. As in Germany, a close relationship with local traffic authorities and TfL is very important to us.

According to the Mayor of London's traffic strategy, by 2041 80 perc ent of the city's roads are to be completed on foot, by bicycle or by public transport. We will examine the options to achieve this goal. Tests like this give TfL an indication of whether flexible on-demand offers get people to leave their cars. They will show if the authority can supplement existing bus services with new on-demand services in areas that are difficult to provide with conventional public transport.

In the joint test, MOIA will deliver the technology, including the customer and driver app, as well as the pooling algorithm. RATPDev, one of the world's largest passenger transport companies with public transport systems in 14 countries, is responsible for the operation of the vehicle fleet. As in Hamburg, the route of the vehicles is completely flexible and based on demand. A dense network of virtual breakpoints ensures that customers have to walk a maximum of 200 meters both when entering and exiting. The service times are daily from 6am to 1am.