BMW is one of the biggest automotive manufacturer which has mostly focused the mobility services since the new technologies opportunities had appeared in the industry. ParkNow is an innovative mobility service that is provided by BMW. It offers a lot of advantages which make the service innovative in my opinion.
ParkNow works with a BMW navigation system Professional and enables drivers to park on the roadside or in the parking garage directly in the navigation system, and substitutes for parkticket for the owner of the car. In the ParkNow smartphone app or on the web, all information can be synchronized at any time. Thus, Park Booking procedures can also be viewed outside the vehicle and extended or stopped. ParkNow partners can park easier. The parking process begins and ends automatically with the ticket-free entry and exit. The parking fees are billed cashlessly via the ParkNow customer account of the user. Therefore, it is easy finding, reserving, ticket and cashless payment of parking spaces directly in the vehicle via ParkNow. It provides comprehensive information about parking facilities in your area and minute accurate billing via digital parking ticket at the roadside. This innovative automotive service is synchronized outside the vehicle at any time via App / Web
Thanks to the ongoing digitalization and networking of mobility, completely new business models are emerging. The concept of holistic networking is a good starting point for mobility services, in addition to the classic product business to the next stand of Continental.
One application is the eHorizon application, which Continental demonstrates how a vehicle with the help of networking and a so-called crowd sourcing function in the driver’s assistance. Cameras distribute important traffic information to the cloud and other traffic users. On the basis of the resulting database, numerous mobile services can be provided and the vehicle knows the environment better, safer, more efficient and more comfortable when it is on the road. The eHorizon database is also a central element for the realization of automated vehicles.
Another example is Continental’s Holistic Connectivity Car. The company not only demonstrates how a vehicle is part of the Internet of Things, but also provides an insight into the development of new services such as eHorizon weather. Based on the eHorizon technology, the vehicle becomes a weather station. The service developed in cooperation with Météo-France not only increases driving safety and comfort, but also serves as a data supplier for the weather forecast. In a specially built open test field with 200 vehicles in France, Continental is also able to test and develop these and other services.
Bus Rapid Transit
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus system provides cities with fast, comfortable and cost-efficient mobility. The most visible element of a BRT system are separate bus lanes for a smooth and tightly clocked operation. The independence from other traffic events not only ensures a high travel speed but also a high reliability. Mercedes-Benz is committed worldwide to the expansion of BRT systems.
Since 2008, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN expects this share to reach some 70 percent in 2050 – with a growing world population. People’s need for mobility is growing – even in the booming metropolitan regions. This challenge can not be solved by private transport. A way out of the traffic collapse is called BRT.
The advantage of BRT systems are that they are set up quickly, cost-effectively and flexibly. The traffic volume is reduced, the exhaust gas and noise emissions are reduced, the travel speed is increased and thus the quality of life as a whole is improved.
The characteristics of a BRT system are its own routes with separate and barrier-free stops, separate traffic lights and special ticket systems. Depending on passenger volume, individual elements of BRT systems can be dimensioned differently. In South America, BRT systems have taken over the role of metrosystems and are correspondingly generously extended. European solutions are somewhat similar to a streetcar.
BRT routes are now available on all continents and new ones are planned and set up on an ongoing basis. A classic BRT region is South America, whose fast-growing metropolises are developed with rapid bus systems. The Olympic Stadium Rio de Janeiro has developed a BRT system from three corridors over 150 kilometers in recent years. On the first opened “TransOeste” 90 articulated buses from Mercedes-Benz, each four-axle and 23-meter long.
The Metrobüs route 34 in Istanbul is also fascinating. It will be driven by buses in an extremely dense sequence in the left-hand traffic. The spectacular figures: 52 kilometers in length, 750 000 passengers daily. The backbone of this transport system consists of 250 wide-body articulated buses Mercedes-Benz CapaCity and 250 articulated buses Mercedes-Benz Citaro and Conecto
In Central Europe, BRT lines are used more or less selectively, for example, in Nantes, Nancy and Strasbourg as feeder routes from the suburbs, or in the Spanish city of Granada to calm the city center. In the Netherlands, the line 300 connects the city of Haarlem (155,000 inhabitants) with the nearby Schiphol airport and the metropolis of Amsterdam.
The always same route on separate route, the clearly defined timetable, the unique and identical actions at stops. BRT lines are predestined for autonomous driving. That is why Daimler Buses has also sent its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot on a part of the longest BRT line in Europe in the Netherlands. The bus, which was just under 20 kilometers long, mastered the CityPilot thanks to its technology.
For me, the idea of BRT is very innovative and the combination of the other services, such as CityPilot demonstrates how two useful ideas can be integrated.
BMW ParkNow: https://de.park-now.com/fahrzeugintegration/
Holistic Networking: https://www.continental-automotive.com/de-de/Landing-Pages/IAA/Connectivity/Mobility-Services
Bus Rapid Transit: https://www.daimler.com/produkte/services/mobility-services/bus-rapid-transit/