Easy Access into Multimodal Travel: KVV Launches the Test Version of the Mobility App "regiomove"

3 – 2 – 1 - start: The new mobility app "regiomove" was officially launched in the premises of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV). "With regiomove, we offer the people of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion an easy access into the extensive use of various mobility systems and make thus a significant contribution to the climate protection," emphasised Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup.

Photo credits: KVV/ Paul Gärtner

Karlsruhe, 03.03.2020 - During the press conference, the Commercial Director of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV), Dr. Alexander Pischon and Project Manager Dr. Frank Pagel, demonstrated how customers of the KVV can find their individual travel chain using various means of transport only with a few clicks on the smartphone and can book them directly in the new app. "We want to make city and surrounding area trips more attractive and environmentally friendly and offer everything, but beaming," adds the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine’s Director Prof. Dr. Gerd Hager. "As of now, we will subject regiomove to the practical check with interested test users from the general public, in order to give the app the final touches. In September, the app shall be made available to anyone in the app stores of Google and Apple, this is our declared aim," announced Pischon.

With the test version, the test persons are already able to use the entire spectrum of the application. "What distinguishes regiomove from other apps is that we offer multimodal travel chains for our customers and the single sign-on principle applies," emphasised Pischon. This means that users can book all trips with traditional means of transport like bus, tram, (regional-) trains, but also rides with external providers like Stadtmobil, via the KVV and also pay directly there. The app combines various means of transport into a mix, ideal for the passenger, and takes individual specifications from the mobility profile into account. "Our customers can specify here, how long they want to maximally walk, whether they need barrier-free offers, have a driving license or have a BahnCard. Persons, who have a KVV- or nextbike subscription, can also provide these informations. Our app takes this in the price information into account," explains the regiomove Project Manager Dr. Frank Pagel. Since it is a live app, it adapts its information to the current traffic situation on the road and on the rails.
If a customer searches, for example, for the travel route from Rastatt to Messe Karlsruhe,  the app does not only provide the option of using public transport as well as a combined route that integrates alternative means of transport such as the rental bikes from KVV.nextbike, but also the option of travelling by private car. An addition on how much CO² is emitted, is also included. "We do not stop at the reality of life for the people in our region," emphasises Pischon. "We are aware of the fact that not every person can forego their private car on a long-term. This applies for rural areas in particular. That's why regiomove is a mobility and not a public transport app. We want to create an attractive incentive to change." Sporty customers can thus, for example, rent bikes when the sun shines and use the tram as a faster alternative to the car, when there is traffic jam on the motorway displayed in the app.

"In the future, we want to integrate further modes of transport like taxis, shuttles and e-scooters into our app, as soon as possible and make it possible to switch between these means of transport at regiomove's mobility ports in the region. In the autumn, the partners will start with the construction of the first ports," looks Pischon regarding the project regiomove into the near future.

As a lighthouse project of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, regiomove is funded by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) over three years with around EUR 4.9 million. The future of mobility is redesigned in the entire region with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, raumobil GmbH, PTV Group, INIT GmbH, Stadtmobil CarSharing GmbH & Co. KG as well as the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine, the district of Rastatt and the city of Karlsruhe as partners.