Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


Open social transport network for urban approach to carpooling

SocialCar develops a user-oriented platform for planning, booking and integrated payment that combines carpooling and other on-demand services with regular collective transport, in an effort to mainstream the concept of a public-private co-modal urban transport.

The project enhances the public transport network by a wider variety of services including carpooling/sharing, bike sharing, taxi and other on-demand services. Citizens can gain access to a unique service that optimises the use of all available mobility resources in the sharing economy. SocialCar reduces travel times and costs, increases comfort and convenience and contributes to a better environmental performance of urban transport networks. The project solutions will be subjected to a three-level trial in ten European test sites. The most advanced trial level will examine the potential for early adoption by end-users in in Canton Ticino (Switzerland), Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Brussels (Belgium).

SocialCar develops an IT platform providing planning, booking and payment services for multimodal and multi-service trips, and deploys its features via web and a mobile app. By developing data processing flows and algorithms, the project responds to the challenge of matching travel requests with the integrated public-private transport supply.

SocialCar - Men holding in hands a mobile phone, city street in background
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01/06/2015 to 31/05/2018
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