Who wants to rent in Zurich, an E-scooter or bike, which is quickly faced with the question: Which of the six provider best meets the personal need? Yet, it was only about detours and longer research possible to find out. The Veloanbieter have published their prices online, the price per minute for a Scooter you can find, however, only when you load the App and opened an account. And if you as a user also have a Chance to find a particular location, a suitable vehicle, it was hardly to be determined.
the Website for the shared mobility creates.ethz.ch remedy. Arose in the context of a master thesis in the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory at ETH Zurich. Student Starkadur Hrobjartsson examined the use of Scooters and bicycles in Zurich and has collected months of data from the five-party Bird, Circ, animal, Publibike and Smide.
Just a walk of 200 metres instead of 700
Hrobjartsson and his supervisor Roland Schmid was quickly clear: The customer had a lot more of the companions, if you had a single App to access all providers. You could not only select the lowest bid. Also, the average walking distance would be the next vehicle for not even 200 meters. Today, it can be, depending on the district, 700 meters, and more – in the average.
The Website shows all Trottinette at a glance.
The site is designed in a simple manner. It shows two maps of the city of Zurich. On the one see, where currently just scooters and Bikes which provider are. On the other symbolize the blue and yellow clouds, to where a certain time of the day with the greatest likelihood of vehicles. Basis of data collected since April.
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calculate Particularly interesting: The user can set on the map, a Start and a destination point, a time of day select one or more providers. Then, the System price is calculated, the estimated travel time including walk, as well as the anticipated driving. And it shows to be found in which radius with a large probability of a vehicle.
more Practical than a website, an App, on which users could book your vehicle would be, of course. The operators themselves have but little interest. The competition is so tough that the companies pay all of the business, keep it a secret and not even publicly disclose how many vehicles do you have in operation.
Why not an App for everyone?
After all, the VBZ are planning a mobility App that should be included in addition to pedestrian, Bicycle and PUBLIC transit Connections also have a minimum of a Taxi, a car - sharing and bike-sharing companies. Whether a Scooter companies will participate, is still unknown. The App is supposed to record from the summer of 2020 the test operation.
In the meantime, the Scooter and Bike customers on the Website smart. Small flaw there: Scooter-provider Lime is missing. As the project started, was not represented the company in Zurich.
Created: 28.11.2019, 12:25 PM