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25 May 2018

Munich to launch on-demand public transportation service

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The Munich Transport Company (MVG) will launch an on-demand ride-pooling service in the city. Powered by smart mobility provider Door2Door it will begin in June, with the stated aim of reducing the number of cars on the city’s roads.

The MVG IsarTiger service is intended to complement Munich’s public transport options. Door2Door’s platform uses algorithms and data to calculate the fastest ride-pooling routes.

Ingo Wortmann, chairman of the MVG management board, says commuters will have personalised mobility options that will allow them to order tailored rides instead of having to follow a fixed timetable.

Riders can request the service by booking a journey through a smartphone app.

The service will initially be available free to IsarCard subscribers who are pre-existing customers of MVG. A public launch will take place later this year. IsarTiger’s fleet will comprise approximately 20 Volkswagen Caddies with space for six passengers each.

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