#5 • SPRING 2020

EDITO #5

As a wheelchair user, travel can often be difficult. My dream is that, one day, I’ll have the freedom to go wherever I want in my own self-driving car. Unfortunately, manufacturers have yet to design an autonomous car that is wheelchair accessible.

Green is the new black!

Sustainability is at the heart of the initiatives shaping the future of shared mobility – delivering cleaner, more efficient solutions that better meet the needs and aspirations of all!

Pulse #5 5 min

Shining a light on invisible vulnerabilities

Difficulties with technology, language barriers, long-term disorders, anxiety and convalescence are all factors that affect the way people get around without necessarily fitting the description of what we generally think of as a disability. Éric Chareyron, who heads up the Keolis Mobility Trends Observatory Keoscopie, tells us more about these vulnerabilities and their possible solutions.

Pulse #5 8 min

LAUNCHED BY KEOLIS, PULSE IS AIMED AT ALL DECISIONMAKERS, INFLUENCERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IN SHARED MOBILITY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO INFORM THE CONVERSATION AND FOSTER DIALOGUE AROUND THE ISSUES AND TRENDS SHAPING OUR SECTOR. THE MAGAZINE IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT FORMAT, AS AN E-MAGAZINE ON PULSE-MAG.COM AND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.

BRT: sizing up to the mobility challenges ahead!

A vital part of the mobility mix all around the world, the humble bus is evolving to deliver an even better service. From Pau to Mexico city, Amiens to Bangkok, bus rapid transit (BRT) is proving popular. More modern, more comfortable and with more capacity than conventional buses, but cheaper than a tram or metro network, it’s winning over a lot of transport authorities and passengers alike.

Pulse #5 7 min

The car: a new shared mobility solution?

A single “carshare” can replace up to 13 private cars and reduce each user’s greenhouse emissions by as much as 41%. The model underpinning our use of private cars is being called into question. But what if the car had a real future as part of a MaaS (Mobility as a Service) ecosystem?

Pulse #5 5 min

“Unless transport authorities are involved, no long-term change will happen.”

Interview with Xavier Corouge, Managing Director of Europcar’s Urban Mobility business unit.

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“Mobility coach, can you hear me?”

Voice assistants are already with us throughout our lives. For the shared transport sector, this technology is a great opportunity to offer passengers an even smoother travel experience while letting them make last-minute changes to their plans.

Pulse #5 4 min

Transported

From Jules Verne and Mark Twain to Agatha Christie and Paula Hawkins, mobility has proved an endless source of inspiration for writers the world over. French author Carole Martinez continues the tradition with a short story written especially for this issue of Pulse.

Pulse #5 6 min

Hydrogen, the fuel of the future?

Hydrogen mobility is gaining real traction. All around the world, h-powered buses are starting to appear in our cities. The benefits are significant: they don’t pollute, they don’t make any noise, they’re quick to refuel and they offer greater range than the equivalent battery-powered vehicle. So, does hydrogen herald the future of shared mobility?

Pulse #5 6 min

Fare dodging – ever been tempted?

Whether it’s opportunistic or organised, fare evasion on public transport is no minor issue. Around the world, transit networks everywhere face one or more of multiple and constantly shifting types of fare evasion. Pulse uncovers the economic and social realities behind this global bane and explores potential solutions to effectively tackle it.

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“Fending off fare evasion calls for constant vigilance.”

Xavier Arrufat, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Barcelona-based AWAAIT* Artificial Intelligence, proposes a pragmatic approach to tackling fare evasion. He argues that detecting fare dodging and targeting ticket inspections are key to an effective fare compliance system.

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How can we tackle fare evasion?

A focus on the main solutions tested and approved by operators and Public Transport Authorities to efficiently tackle fare evasion.

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Soviet bus stops

Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig chanced upon a remarkable number of striking and often flamboyant bus stops from the soviet era during a long-distance bike trip from London to St. Petersburg in 2002. His discovery sparked a fascination for these forgotten gems designed by local artists and architects to glorify public transport. For the next 15 years, his quest to unearth more of these weird and wonderful structures took him across 14 countries and 30,000 km.

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