Sitael launches Vaimoo; the new vehicle sharing platform chosen by Copenhagen
PARIS – First ride for VAIMOO, the Vehicle Sharing system designed to revolutionize the urban mobility of the future and developed by the Digital Transformation division of SITAEL, the largest privately owned space company in Italy and worldwide leader in the small satellites sector.
Based on a flexible and multi-vehicle platform, VAIMOO uses the potential of IoT technologies to offer more efficient, safe and user-friendly smart mobility services. The system has been presented during the C40 World Mayor Summit 2019, the largest climate summit involving mayors and leaders from 96 cities across the world, this year held in Copenhagen.
The Danish capital, international centre for green mobility, will be the first city to adopt the platform for its e-bike fleets, thanks to the partnership signed by SITAEL with Bycyklen, the main operator of the bike-sharing scheme in Copenhagen.
The next generation bicycles
The first phase of the agreement sees the integration of the innovative features developed by the Italian company with the Bycyklen system (with 400 thousand active users). Starting from 2020, the current fleet of 2,000 e-bikes will be replaced by the new generation bicycles entirely made by SITAEL.
A strategic project realized thanks to the close collaboration with an important operator, who made its its bike sharing system and its strong skills in the field of emobility available to SITAEL. In fact, the partnership with Bycyklen will allow VAIMOO to hit the international market. Thanks to its experience in hardware and software design, SITEAL can strengthen its role as a strategic partner to implement mobility services and management of shared urban infrastructures.
Matteo Pertosa, Chief Executive Officer of SITAEL claimed: ‘Sustainable mobility is the key factor in the development of Smart Cities. In future, commuting will become more and more a shared activity that will not require the possession of a vehicle. To achieve this ecosystem, however, we need integrated mobility systems to generate high added value for the communities.
Sustainable mobility is the key factor in the development of Smart Cities
VAIMOO has been designed to offer both institutions and citizens vehicles which have been equipped with a multi-modal platform and connectivity services providing innovative personal transport. Today, thanks to the important agreement with Bycyklen, we are starting in Copenhagen and aim to export our innovative model to other countries.’
The system will be officially presented in Paris during the Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit (16-17 October 2019), the annual event that brings together innovators and institutions with the aim of changing urban mobility. During these two days, SITAEL will to introduce its innovation and potential of the Itay made system to the public in booth number A47.
The Vaimoo model
VAIMOO Vehicle-Sharing is an end-to-end system based on an open mobility platform that allows the simple, effective and timely management of traditional bikes and e-bikes, as well as electric scooters and kick scooters.
Vehicles, equipped with a safe locking system, integrate innovative connectivity features enabling satellite geolocation, access to usage data and diagnostic information of fleets in real time. In the event of an accident or vandalism, the platform allows the timely intervention of operators and repair of vehicles.
On the user side, the smartphone app defines a new concept of urban mobility, offering a unique experience in terms of accessibility and usability thanks to the integration of MAT sharing system. This is the docking station awarded at the CES Innovation Awards in Las Vegas in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category. Thanks to this technology users can undock their vehicle with a simple tap of the smartphone.
The app also offers a great experience of sustainable transport, including direct access to the city map to verify the available vehicles and contact the Support Team in case of malfunctioning. The app also makes it possible to offer promotions to easy for example the vehicles’ redistribution. Users can also pay automatically with their credit card or PayPal at the end of the sharing session.
Contrary to Free-Floating systems, the vehicle has to be returned at the end of a sharing session to specific bike racks or Drop Zones defined through the platform, ensuring maximum safety of the vehicles.
Flexible and adaptable to several situations for micro-mobility public services, the platform in addition to support kick scooters and electric scooters schemes can be easily integrated with third-party systems via API.
This article was sponsored by Sitael.