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New technical solutions for public transport on demand

Many attempts are currently being made with new technical solutions for Demand Responsive Transport (DRT). K2's Fredrik Pettersson-Löfstedt has studied and compared nine different systems for public transport on demand being tested in different locations around the world.

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“So far there is no clear evidence that new technology makes DRT more efficient from an economic perspective. On the other hand, travelers who use these new systems being tested, are generally very satisfied”, says Fredrik Pettersson-Löfstedt.

Fredrik has, among other things, conducted field work in Sydney to study new technical solutions on-site.

“We lived with young children in Sydney, without access to a car of our own. We found however, that using the on-demand trials was not possibly for us since children under four are not allowed on these buses”, says Fredrik.

Despite the fact that it is difficult to operate public transport on demand with economic profitability, regardless of the technical solution, several major companies are involved in the technology development. There also appears to be a great interest amongst public actors who are trying different new solutions.

“Public transport on demand can be motivated if you regard it in context and consider public transport from a societal point of view. These solutions can, for example, improve the accessibility for people in rural areas, for those who cannot drive a car”, says Fredrik Pettersson-Löfstedt.

Fredrik is currently analyzing his results from studying various technical solutions for public transport on demand and will publish a report summarizing his results in the nearby future.

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