Materna Subsidiary TraffGo Road Develop Concept for National Electric Scooter Platform, Materna Information & Communications SE, press release

E-scooters are now shaping the modern urban landscape. A nationwide data and services platform is at the starting blocks to coordinate various suppliers and municipalities in the context of shared mobility offers. On this basis, new services can be developed to further improve urban mobility. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Labor Economics and Organization (IAO) and von Beust & Coll. Consultancy, the mobility specialist TraffGo Road GmbH, a Materna Group company, laid the foundations for the innovative multi-operator platform. The people involved have now presented the results of the “ScooP” project.

Operation of e-scooters is an important step in the mobility revolution. In order to improve the acceptance and attractiveness of sharing offers in German cities, the mobility and traffic data specialist TraffGo Road, together with scientists from the Fraunhofer IAO and legal experts from von Beust & Coll. The consultancy has designed a data and services platform for better integration of electric scooter fleets in road traffic. In the first phase, the project consortium developed legal, technical and organizational standards for municipalities and electric scooter sharing providers. Based on these uniform standards, a multi-operator platform has been designed which strengthens the cooperation between all the actors involved.

Municipalities, sharing service providers, traffic planners and road safety experts can use the platform to share their data in a transparent and confidential way, access data and services of guaranteed quality and coordinate and optimize their offers. Based on the designed data and service platform, services such as a data-supported selection of parking and driving zones or AI-supported usage forecasts for electric scooter fleets can be established in the future, but also consultancy services for the integration into urban mobility in combination with other means of transport.

TraffGo participated significantly in the design of data-supported mobility services

TraffGo Road traffic experts contributed to the research project with their know-how for the transmission and exchange of geographic and mobility data and support the development of a shared mobility ecosystem open to actors.

Dr Joachim Wahle, Managing Director of TraffGo Road GmbH, explains: “The success of the multi-operator platform we support in the mobile phone parking area (www.smartparking.de) provided the blueprint for this project. How the platform works has given us valuable insights into collaborating with multiple vendors in a community. We have further developed our knowledge and successfully transferred it to the e-scooter world. “

The “ScooP” research project was funded as part of the mFUND innovation initiative, the fund for modernity of the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) for Mobility 4.0.

Joachim Wahle is satisfied: “A follow-up project for the implementation of the data and services platform is already planned and we are looking forward to finding new cooperation partners and new challenges.”

Further information on the project can be found in the Fraunhofer IAO press release: https://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/de/presse-und-medien/aktuelles/datengestuetzte-services-fuer-sharing-e-tretroller.html

TrafficGo Road GmbH

TraffGo Road GmbH is a subsidiary of the Materna Group. TraffGo Road develops intelligent IT concepts and IT solutions for municipalities and state administrations in the field of multimodal traffic information and for the automated processing, evaluation and visualization of large traffic databases. The Krefeld-based company continues to collect innovative concepts and implement them, for example with the payment guide to pay for “tickets” directly on the go via PayPal or other payment services. Since October 2021, TraffGo has been managing smart loading bays (Smala project) for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, where delivery vans can reserve short-term parking spaces in advance.

TraffGo Road works for clients such as Federal Autobahn GmbH, the Department of Environment, Transport and Climate Protection of the Berlin Senate and the transport ministries of various federal states. For Smartparking, a digital parking management initiative, TraffGo Road manages mobile parking in more than 250 cities in Germany and Austria.

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