Transport infotainment platform provider Gomedia has partnered with shared travel specialist Moses Mobility to provide rail passengers with an onboard tool to book taxis whilst on the train.
By integrating Moses Mobility’s on-demand taxi sharing service into Gomedia’s onboard Passenger Information System, passengers can book their ride during their train journey.
The companies say the solution realises the Mobility-as-a-Service concept for the last mile of a passenger’s journey.
In addition to the passenger booking capability, taxi drivers will receive updates about the train’s expected arrival time.
Moses Mobility has partnered with a number of ride-hailing services, including Uber and Gett, to offer a journey-matching service that identifies passengers who are travelling to similar destinations and offers them “just in time” shared taxi rides from the station to their end destination.
The company says the same technology can be used during rail disruptions to help move passengers more simply, reliably and cost-effectively.
Gomedia currently works with a number of rail operators, such as Transpennine Express, c2c, Eurostar and Virgin Trains, as well as Greyhound Buses in the US.
Roger Matthews, MD of Gomedia, said: “Giving passengers the option to book shared taxi travel at any time during their journey, safe in the knowledge that their driver will be updated with the latest arrival information, reducing wait times and additional charges, is a major step in delivering the first truly connected rail journey. Shared rides will soon become the norm and we’re excited to be partnering with Moses to be at the fore as this technology evolves and transport planning becomes smarter.
“The rail operators we’re working with have been impressed by how seamlessly the process helps passengers complete their onward journeys and we’re looking forward to seeing how this evolves.”
Terry Yoell, director of Moses, added: “Moses wants to break the perception that taxis are a luxury and make them part of everyday travel. Tomorrow’s trains will form the backbone of a larger Mobility-as-a-Service transport system that relies on fleets of autonomous vehicles for the first and last mile. Sharing these journeys will be essential if we want to reduce travel costs and tackle congestion.”
Moses will be available through Gomedia’s Passenger Information System in 2019.