A total of 900,000 kilometres were driven without emissions and 170 tonnes of CO2 were saved during the first year of the new ioki taxi service in the Hamburg suburbs of Lurup and Osdorf, according to Deutsche Bahn and VHH on its first anniversary. The 20 electric vehicles bring guests to their destinations on flexible routes, form car pools using algorithms and supplement Hamburg’s local transport system. Unlike the MOIA minibuses, the white ioki cars are part of HVV and are operated by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH).
IOKI complementing public transport
Around 215,000 passengers used the ioki service and more than 160,000 trips were undertaken during the first year of operation. Michael Barillère-Scholz, Managing Director of ioki, has hailed the project as a success: “IOKI Hamburg has exceeded our expectations. We are particularly pleased that our plan to strengthen local transport is working.” About half of all passengers can be taken to larger public transport stops. An algorithm organizes carpools with an average of 1.7 passengers per trip at present.
Tests in Billbrook planned
At first, the e-shuttle service cost the price of a single HVV ticket. Meanwhile, a surcharge of EUR 1 per person and trip has been charged since April. This has improved the availability of the vehiclesand reduced the average waiting time to less than five minutes. The service can now serve 93 per cent of all travel requests. Plans are being laid to offer the service to commuters in Billbrook from August in test runs.
Hamburg’s strategy for intelligent transport systems
“Shared and networked mobility is an important component of mobility in the 21st century,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Traffic and Innovation. The e-shuttle service backs Hamburg’s strategy for intelligent transport systems. The city is now gearing up to host the ITSWorld Congress from October 11-15, 2021. Around 15,000 trade visitors are expected at the congress and some 60 projects will highlight Hamburg as a laboratory and model city of intelligent transport and logistics solutions.