Intermodal transportation to advance mobility in urban areas

Mobility is one of the fundamental needs of people nowadays. Work, school and travels all require us to use means of transportation which can, at times, be harmful to the environment. We all know the pictures of big cities suffering from smog and crowded streets. I believe we have found a step towards the solution.

Electromobility showcasing the future

Out of the exhaust-fumed horizon sprouts a new creation: ‘VeMB’ (connected eMobility services for B2B clients).

An interesting venture supported by Bosch Software Innovations, Siemens and the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at the TU Berlin. It aims to shed light on a combination of topics including mobility car-sharing, the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, parking and public transportation.

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By the end of 2015 several operating options will be analyzed and connected via the ‘Open Mobility Berlin’ platform. More mobility areas will work in conjunction under the joint leadership of Bosch Software Innovations and Siemens. One can take comfort knowing that engineers and scientists are putting their heads together to inspire and innovate not only future generations, but our generation right now.

Project emd

The open interfaces of connected services the VeMB project provides are the basis for ‘emd’ (short for ‘enhanced, adaptive electromobility services: technology, development and deployment’). emd is aimed at developing combined and flexible mobility services for a number of users. Some examples are, but not limited to:

  • Intermodal route planning: a combination of different modes of transport such as car sharing, public transport (focusing on busses and trains), and route design – depending on traffic and weather conditions
  • Discovery and access to car parks: by using, for example, an existing car-sharing customer card
  • Cross-use of mobility services: for example, switching, whilst on a business trip, between a car-sharing provider at the starting point and a car-sharing provider at the destination

A joint venture

Among the other project partners, in addition to Bosch Software Innovations, are the Company Orga Systems (a specialised provider of real-time billing services) and the Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ). Associated partners include BVG and the DB Fleet Service GmbH at the Berlin Transportation Company – they are also responsible for the well-known car-sharing service, Flinkster.

A service to all

For those of us in the public sector and those in the corporate arena, these projects mean a good change is coming. If you have a new mobility idea or want to provide your mobility related service to this platform, just send me an email or leave me a comment.

By combining these services to new business models and mobility services these projects serve a special purpose in making e-mobility and other forms of transportation more comfortable, economical and especially less harmful to the environment.

Research within the publicly funded Showcase Region for Electric Mobility: VeMB and emd are projects within the International Showcase Region for Electric Mobility of Berlin Brandenburg, Germany.


About the author

Nico Weiner

Nico Weiner

I am passionate about the question of how technology will change our lives in the future. My background covers more than five years in various technology and business research projects. My current activities at Bosch Software Innovations focus on mobility service platforms and the way our mobility behavior is going to be changed through them. Having studied business informatics and information technology until 2008, I hold a degree in business informatics from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. I am also a member of the German Society of Informatics (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.). Furthermore, my areas of professional interest cover business model design, XML-based technologies, semantic technologies and information management. In my spare time, I love to visit the ocean with my family – that really blows my mind.