SwheelS2Go and VMC are working together to enable shared electric scooters in the Netherlands.
Integration of multi-modal transportation services will allow travellers to plan, book and pay for their movement using one system.
Transportation scientists explained that integration of human mobility is essential, if we want to meet the challenges associated to rapid urbanization globally. Therefore, integration of shared SwheelS2Go e-scooters can be placed in the greater context of the future of human mobility.
The shared e-scooters of SwheelS2Go will be connected to the VMC CORE blockchain in 2019. Users will then be able to book, unlock, travel and pay using their phone — whilst keeping control of their personal data.
The system is simple to use and does not require any specific technological know-how. In fact, users do not necessarily have to be aware of the fact that they are interacting with blockchain technology. They simply use the VAI stable coin (pegged to the euro) to pay for their journey.
Why is this valuable?
As stated by the Dutch government in their September 2018 rapport , there is a global need for a comprehensive and open platform that allows Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to thrive. A platform that will enhance user experience and allows different mobility providers to integrate their services.
Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
In the many scientific attempts to define MaaS and its possible applications, ‘integration’ is at the core of their analysis .
It is valuable if, for instance, different modes of transportation are offered through user friendly applications such as Uber or Bird, but it is even better if these different modes of transportation are integrated in one infrastructure that allows for trusted cooperation and development between the different
Without such an infrastructure there are only closed ecosystems, operating separately from each other and causing more vehicles to be on the streets rather than less. Only when different mobility providers can agree on a common infrastructure to exchange and deliver value, the MaaS concept can truly evolve.
We, from VMC, have built such an infrastructure, and we are currently integrating different mobility providers. In the future, we will be able to assist governments by integrating societal objectives in our infrastructure.
We are exploring the future of human mobility.
Solving the First Mile, Last Mile problem
Travelling with a public transport operator (metro) from point A to point B usually requires the passenger to walk a considerable distance to and from each of the stations. These inconvenient extra steps are commonly referred to as the First Mile/Last Mile problem (FM/LM). As a result, people opt to use their car rather than using the public transport connection.
Shared e-scooters can help to solve the First Mile and Last Mile challenges in urban and more remote areas.