The change to electric mobility will achieve success when it accommodates the changes in mobility behaviour currently being experienced, and provides suitable solutions. It is becoming less and less important to have one’s own car and flexible mobility services such as public transport and car-sharing are becoming more popular.
The focus of the I-eMM project is to study a holistic mobility services concept, in which electric and non-electric solutions offered by electric vehicle fleet operators and public transport providers are linked together. To do this, possibilities for comprehensive solutions involving electric vehicle fleets and public transport service providers are being studied, using transportation data from the Rhine-Neckar region. This is producing concepts for mobility solutions that envisage business processes spanning multiple operators. Further concepts are being developed for a comprehensive operations management system for the fleets of the car-sharing operators and the public transport providers, with a joint coordination centre. Here the public transport operations control system and the systems for data connections with the electric vehicles are being merged and combined with concepts for information services of users and for a common posting and payment system.
The methods and concepts developed represent the basic planning criteria for innovative mobility concepts. With these, new and improved mobility solutions can be created, especially in the area of public transport, with additional benefits for the customers.
Findings of the study are published in detail by several final reports (German only) which are available online via the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB):
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT):
"The aim of the project was to design an integrated mobility offer and to implement it prototypically, so that electrified and non-electrified offers from private and public operators could be linked intermodal. The main task of raumobil GmbH was to design a functionally usable customer information system for intermodal, electromobile transport chains and to implement it demonstratively. This should give the user in the region Mannheim all the possibilities of e-mobility and situational intermodal mobility proposals, both in the pre-planning and location-based in real time. The demonstrator has been implemented as a native Android app, which connects different services in the field of mobility over the I-eMM API and presents this data via a standard interface to different consumers. This mediator is the core of the I-eMM application. One of the two particular challenges was the optimum layout of the user interface design of the apps regarding the usability of the user interface, because there are no UX standards so far for complex, intermodal routing. The second one was to generate meaningful, intermodal transport chains to the real live interfaces of RNV and Stadtmobil in technical terms, which is only possible, if there is a live access to the data and the condition of the car. The demonstrator is a good step towards practicality and improved marketing of e-mobility and the associated new business models, as he points out the gaps and problems of e-mobility and suggests solutions conceivable."
Research Center for Information Technology (FZI):
"Throughout the world societies are changing, so is mobility behaviour. People are increasingly using multiple modes of transport; not only different modes for different trips but also combined use of different modes within one trip can be observed. Furthermore, decisions for certain modes on specific trip stages depend on situational context (e.g. current traffic) and individual preferences. This trend can be supported by collaboration of public and private mobility providers that integrate electric as well as nonelectric mobility solutions and services. However, this requires new business processes and models as well as new innovative information systems, which need to provide real-time data about traffic, provider status (of several mobility providers) and possible transfer points in order to enact context sensitive route adjustments. Alongside with customer preferences traffic flow can be optimized on individual and public level. The project I-eMM aimed to highlight challenges associated to this scenario. The result of I-eMM was an architecture for intermodal information systems that offers services for individual planning, real-time route adjustment and provider cooperation as well as a native Android application demonstrating the scenario with the mobility services of our partners RNV and Stadtmobil Mannheim."
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IfV - Institute for Transport Studies:
Stadtmobil Rhein-Neckar AG:
"To enable interconnected mobility and - in the future - make reliable and prompt information available for the customer questions of the estimation of potentials for the utilization of e-mobility were extensively discussed. Even in designing, working out and judging different pricing plans stadtmobil contributed with its practical knowledge. It was outlined in what way the design of pricing plans considering e-mobility contributes to economic viability. The gain of an insight into the CarSharing praxis (such as internal procedures, use cases and system infrastructure) enabled the project partners to design schematic business processes. With expertise on the different CarSharing access systems and the specifying of how the required charging infrastructure at a CarSharing station should be featured stadtmobil supported the project partners. Required specifications of the interface between the existing systems and the development of algorithms to create the possibility to transfer data to the data hub were also tasks of the Stadtmobil Rhein-Neckar AG. Together with the project partners stadtmobil did implement a prototype of a demonstrator and thereby achieved the project aim. The work stadtmobil did to succeed must be labelled not only as appropriate but was – especially regarding the practicality of the system – an indispensable contribution to the project."