Moovel Group and the Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen (SSB) are to pilot a new mobility service in the German city, which customers can book on demand.

The new service will be tested on selected days from 14 December using the name, Flex Pilot." The service will then start with the SSB as operating company with the name " SSB Flex" in the first half of next year.

The pilot operation by the Moovel Group serves as preparation for the launch of the on-demand service by Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen in the first half of 2018: the pilot operation will run on the evenings of 14-16 December 2017 with the name Flex Pilot in the city centre of the state capital of Baden-Württemberg and will be continued into the new year until the launch.

The Moovel Group Flex Pilot fleet will initially include ten Mercedes-Benz V-Class cars, which can be booked using an app. During the test phase, the use of the new mobility service is free of charge. The Flex Pilot app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

All public transport travel options in the VVS area will be shown in the app together with all possible combinations with the SSB Flex shuttle and all options can be booked and paid for directly in the app.

The new mobility service is based on the Moovel on-demand platform, which enables journey management - so-called, routing and the grouping of trip requests - so-called pooling. If several people also want to make a similar trip, the Moovel on-demand algorithms pool the requests so that multiple passengers can share one vehicle.

The routes are dynamic with trip and arrival times as well as starting point and end stop being individually calculated in each case.

The platform has been developed by the Moovel Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler, with locations in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin as well as in Portland and the US.

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