Switzerland has an appealingly user-friendly public transport network. In the big cities, people have the freedom to choose between several means of transport. In smaller communities and in rural areas, there is often no good alternative to owning a car. There the "first and last mile" – from the front door to the bus stop – is often the factor in favour of instead using motorised individual transport.
This is where the pioneering project Flow comes in, with support from the Engagement Migros development fund. In the future, an on-demand fleet of professional drivers could help improve connections to the public transport network, make better use of existing means of transportation and bring about a shift away from motorised private vehicles. The first test operations are being set up in selected regions. Demand is controlled via app, which can later be integrated into existing mobility services.
With a view towards the impending technological leap forward in self-driving vehicles, the project will gather experience and test common benefits in practice. The aim is for everyone, from young to old, to be able to move around independently and ecologically.