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SBB and Axon Vibe develop new mobility platform

Media Release, 27 August 2019 Download PDF

SBB development partnership with Lucerne-based start-up company

SBB and the Lucerne-based start-up company Axon Vibe have signed a five-year agreement for a strategic development cooperation. Together, the partners intend to develop and market the world's leading personalised and inter- modal mobility app.

In the future, travellers will be able to plan and book a wide range of mobility services via a single, intermodal platform. Different mobility options such as car, bicycle, tram, train or e-scooter will merge with each other. They will be able to be combined and booked easily and according to the individual needs of travellers. Mobility will be- come more efficient and easier to plan. Personalised travel recommendations in real- time - comparable to car navigation systems – will facilitate the optimal design of personal mobility.

Together with the Lucerne-based company Axon Vibe, SBB intends to develop the world's leading and most trustworthy mobility app. Axon Vibe is recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the fields of smart mobility and artificial intelligence. SBB has carefully selected the company on European level based on its experience in this area.

Rail travel is expected to become even more attractive, safer and more punctual in the future. Digital platforms and the simplification of services will become increasingly important. The past 10 years have been marked by rapid developments in this area. In this partnership, SBB intends to make a significant contribution to advancing developments on the digital level.

With SBB Mobile, SBB has been operating Switzerland’s most successful mobility app in public transport for years with over three million active users. With this new development and the partnership with Axon Vibe, SBB is responding to the current and future needs of the mobile society and wants to make personalised and individual guidance and support in the overall mobility more customer-friendly, efficient and world leading.

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Axon Vibe's predecessor was sold to Google in 2006 and contributed significantly to the development of Google Maps, nowadays the most popular car navigation system. With the development of a comprehensive and smart mobility platform - a comparable solution for guidance in public transport combined with modern mobility services - Axon Vibe is making a substantial contribution to solving the transportation and environmental challenges of densely populated areas around the globe.

MTA Announces Plan to Test Innovative Solutions to Bus and Subway Challenges

Media Release, 30 July 2019

Four companies chosen for MTA pilot projects through the Transit Tech Lab

NEW YORK – At a press conference today, leadership from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City jointly announced the successful completion of the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that enables tech companies to test and introduce new products designed to improve transit services. Starting today, four of the six companies graduating from the accelerator will begin pilots with the MTA to implement products that address key subway and bus challenges.

“As the MTA experiences a period of historic reform, transformation, and innovation, we’re leveraging this new model for evaluating and introducing technologies that address some of our most critical challenges. The result is an inaugural Transit Tech Lab that far surpassed our expectations,” said Patrick Foye, Chairman & CEO of the MTA. “We are eager to develop these mobility technologies over the next year to improve subway and bus service for riders across New York City.”

“Thanks to the leadership of the MTA and the ingenuity of Transit Tech Lab finalists, New York City’s transit riders will benefit from mobility technologies designed to improve operations and customer service,” said Natalia Quintero, Director of the Transit Tech Lab.

Following a global competition last Fall, in which nearly 100 companies participated, six finalists were selected for the inaugural class of the Transit Tech Lab. Over eight weeks, the companies worked closely with New York City Transit and MTA personnel to test how their products could improve service and customer communications.

Two companies will advance to the pilot phase for the subway challenge:   

·       Axon Vibe provides smartphone app technology that enables public transport operators to deliver personalized communications based on users’ commuting behavior. If service is changed, MTA can proactively notify the impacted users (taking into consideration their location and context) and provide alternative transportation suggestions based on rider’s anticipated destination and commuting preferences.

·       Veovo instantly measures the number of passengers moving through a subway station to identify crowding and make service more efficient. The MTA can use this information to improve the deployment of staff to stations, change train distribution and plan more efficient station design.  

Two companies will advance to the pilot phase for the bus challenge: 

·       Preteckt studies vehicle data from buses to predict system failures at least 48 hours before the Check Engine light is activated and the bus must be removed from service. Preteckt’s insights have the potential to reduce time spent on maintenance, prevent service disruptions and reduce fleet costs.

·       Remix provides software for designing transit systems that enables MTA planners to more quickly and efficiently produce the bus network redesign outlined in the Fast Forward NYC Plan. To ensure equitable access and support public engagement, Remix’s technology uses public demographic data and generates easy-to-understand transit maps for community feedback.  

The Transit Tech Lab is managed by the nonprofit Transit Innovation Partnership, led by Rachel Haot, previously the first Chief Digital Officer for New York City and the first Chief Digital Officer for New York State, and the Partnership Fund for New York City, led by Maria Gotsch. It is modeled after the highly successful FinTech Innovation Lab that the Partnership Fund has run for the past nine years and played a critical role in establishing New York City as a hub for the global financial technology industry. The goal of the Transit Tech Lab is to establish New York as the center of innovation for mobility, particularly as it relates to public transit.

 

About the Transit Innovation Partnership
The Transit Innovation Partnership is a public-private initiative formed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City with the mission to make New York the global leader in public transit. A board of leaders from academia, business, civic organizations and government guides the Transit Innovation Partnership, which brings together diverse stakeholders to realize public-private projects that improve transit performance and customer service. Focus areas include technology and process innovation in infrastructure, data, operations, customer service and revenue generation. Learn more at transitinnovation.org.

 

About the Partnership for New York City

The Partnership for New York City represents the city’s business leaders and largest employers. We work with government, labor and the nonprofit sector to promote economic growth and maintain the city’s prominence as a global center of commerce and innovation. Through the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership contributes directly to projects that create jobs, improve economically distressed communities and stimulate new business creation.

Axon Vibe Brings Swiss Quality to MTA’s Transit Tech Lab

Media Release - 25 February 2019

MTA Taking National Lead in Transit Innovation – the smart mobility platform Axon Vibe, among the six finalists!

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City have jointly announced the  finalists accepted to the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that allows tech companies to introduce New York’s transportation agencies to new products designed to improve transit services.

Through a global competition in which almost 100 companies participated, six technology companies have been selected for the eight-week program. They will work with MTA personnel to customize their products to address needs of the transit agencies and its customers.

During the Transit Tech Lab, the MTA will be able to evaluate innovative products offered by the participating companies—at no cost to the MTA—and entrepreneurs will work to customize their products to address challenges facing New York. At the end of the eight-week Lab, the MTA can decide to move forward with a one-year pilot of those technologies that are found to offer the best solutions.

The companies selected for the Lab were evaluated by MTA and tech sector experts. They were required to submit working versions of their technologies and to have proven track records of successfully integrating with customers.

The subway challenge called for solutions that better predict and prevent subway delays and reduce the burden on customers. One of the selected companies is:

  • Axon Vibe: A global smart mobility platform that analyzes and predicts real-world passenger travel patterns by leveraging smartphone data. Axon Vibe enables public transport agencies worldwide to deliver personalized and contextual communications regarding transit-related delays, incidents and third-party offers to passengers through a smartphone app, while respecting their privacy.

Founded in 2014, Axon Vibe is a team of highly qualified and passionate software engineers, data scientists, location analytics experts, psychologists and communication specialists. Axon Vibe‘s fast growing business is backed by private and corporate Swiss investors. 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Partnership for New York City
Ashley Greenspan / agreenspan@pfnyc.org / +1 212-493-7511

Axon Vibe
Roman Oberli / roman.oberli@axonvibe.com / +41 79 544 33 69