Demand is increasing for fast, convenient and eco-friendly mobility. Transport companies and -authorities must think ahead: to alternative means of transport. The mobility service provider of the future will not only offer car- and bike-sharing as a core part of multimodal journey planning. Passengers will also be able to book these services directly – with the MENTZ app.
One app, many mobility options
Journey planning that includes available car- & bike sharing services
01Access and plan multimodal journeys02Book a car or bike via an interactive map03Book a car or bike with a QR code04Book a car or bike from multi-mode information05Pausing the rental06Ending the rental
Access and plan multimodal journeys
Using the app, passengers can directly access alternative mobility services in the journey planner. Available sharing services are attached via external interfaces. – Here the realization for the “VAG mobile”-app of the Freiburg Transport Authority with bike-sharing company nextbike.
Book a car or bike via an interactive map
The user starts by selecting a rental station via an interactive map. To link the system (here: “Frelos” rental bikes) optimally to bus and rail, public transportation stops in the vicinity are displayed.
If more than one sharing station is available, stations can be filtered and limited to certain providers.
If the user has selected a rental station, all the vehicles available there (here: bikes) are displayed. As soon as he rents one, the booking process begins.
Book a car or bike with a QR code
If the user is already at the rental station, he simply scans the QR code of the bike he wants with his smartphone’s camera, and the rental or booking process begins. This works even in the dark – the user can just switch on his terminal device’s flashlight.
Book a car or bike from multi-mode information
Of course the user can first obtain trip information and then decide based on the specific route whether to book a car/bike. – The app coordinates your association’s timetables and sharing offerings.
Pausing the rental
Much like car sharing, the user can temporarily park the bike and pause the rental.
Closing the U-lock in “park mode” does not constitute the end of the rental. The user can later …
… continue travelling with the same bike.
Ending the rental
If the user wishes to end the rental, he simply closes the lock on the bike (or locks the car – this feature is still at the planning stage). The customer is billed via the sharer’s financial service provider. The connection is with OAuth technology.