Our vision for the mobility of tomorrow
Ready for the mobility revolution
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. Added to this massive urbanisation, which is generating an explosion in mobility requirements, are major changes to passenger expectations. Increasingly on the move, passengers want a simpler, more enjoyable and more personalised mobility experience. Placing a new emphasis on the sharing economy over individual ownership, they also expect policymakers to act to preserve the environment.
All these issues explain why, after the revolution of the railway and the automobile, a third mobility revolution is now underway. We are reinventing ourselves to address this challenge, and promoting a new vision of daily mobility: one that is connected, autonomous, shared and ecological.
Making way for connected mobility
In the digital era, passengers have three main expectations, as revealed by the International Observatory of Digital Mobility of Keolis and Netexplo: real-time, tailored offers, and the option of being guided on their journeys.
We develop mobile apps for a 100% digital passenger experience, such as Plan Book Ticket. Another example: in Dijon, the ‘contactless’ debit card can be used just like a transport ticket. And thanks to our partnerships with leaders in the digital field, we now offer unprecedented transport solutions. In Australia for example, Keolis Downer and the start-up VIA are trying out a real-time mobility service on-demand that matches trips without detours or waiting time, picking up passengers at their home or the nearest pick-up point to connect them to the public transport network or drop them off directly at their final destination.
Towards autonomous mobility
Vehicle autonomy has long been a guarantee of safety and performance. Proving this point, since it started operating in 1983, Lille's driverless automatic metro operated by Keolis has never had a fatal accident. It is also the metro line with the world’s smallest time interval between two metros during rush hour (66 seconds). Today, the automation of mobility is a major focus of innovation in the development of new solutions for everyday mobility, complementary to traditional high-capacity modes. Thanks to the autonomous electric shuttles that we deploy with our partner Navya, we provide a new solution to the problem of the first and last mile in dense zones or areas not served by public transport. More than 200,000 passengers have tried the experience! And just as silent and environmentally friendly, the Autonom Cab (autonomous collective taxi) will soon be appearing on the roads in Europe and the United States.
A new kind of shared mobility
We are convinced that reducing personal car usage in cities is only possible by proposing a shared transport offer that is increasingly diverse and adapted to people’s needs. For this, we deploy new solutions for shared mobility in addition to traditional modes (bus, metro, tram...): shared private driver vehicles with our subsidiary LeCab; dynamic, interactive carpooling such as in Amiens, Rennes or Dijon; carsharing which we were the first to introduce in Lille (Lilas link) in 2007 in an urban network; autonomous shuttles such as in Lyon; urban cable cars of which we are the pioneer in France with the commissioning of Brest... Perfectly integrated into existing transport networks, these new types of mobility make it possible, for example, to serve neighbourhoods that are far from the city centre and respond to passengers’ increasing expectations of personalised mobility on demand.
And always more environmentally friendly
Tomorrow’s mobility solutions have a crucial role to play in the energy transition of communities. This requirement, made stronger year on year by evolving regulations, is at the heart of our mission and our strategy of innovation. In many networks, such as Foothill near Los Angeles, or in Rennes and Orléans, we operate 100% electric buses. In Île-de-France, we are testing an electric tram-bus. In Las Vegas, La Défense, Melbourne, Montreal and London, we have started regular services or conducted trials of autonomous shuttles, which are also electric. And in Stockholm or Gothenburg in Sweden, 100% of our buses are already running on alternative fuels to diesel, and have been doing so for several years.