The UITP Awards celebrate the most innovative and ambitious sustainable mobility projects from across the world, contributing to the sector objective of doubling the market share of public transport by 2025.
The 2017 UITP Awards were handed out during the Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal. We sat down with each winner to learn more about their project and to pick their brain about innovation in the sector.
Winner of Award for ‘Y4PT Young Leadership’: Ulrich Strötz, Team Lead in Software Development, Door2Door
New among the award categories for 2017 is the Y4PT Young Leadership Award, which celebrates public transport trailblazers under the age of 30. Ulrich Strötz, the first-ever winner of this award candidates, epitomises innovation and sustainability in the sector. Mr Strötz serves as Team Lead in Software Development at the Berlin start-up, door2door. He has an impressive track record including leading the implementation of the company’s recent journey planner application (Ally App), and developing mobility analytic tools.
We spoke with Mr Strötz about his current projects, innovation in the sector, and the future of mobility.
What are the most exciting highlights of recent projects you have worked on?
At door2door, I lead the team ‘Insights’, in charge of building one of the components of door2door’s mobility platform. With Insights, we analyse the effectiveness of a transport system based on various sources of mobility data, such as public transport supply, car movements, mobile phone, routing apps, and much more. We identify current gaps in supply and demand and determine how a ridesharing system can fill them.
It is exciting to make use of the vast amount of data that have become available in recent years and to extract meaningful insight out of the data for our clients. Currently, we are applying the Insights tool to analyse the transport system of the city of Duisburg and the rural town of Freyung (both in Germany), our first two partners to launch the door2door Rideshare solution within their transport network. It is very exciting to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of a transport network, and use that data to improve mobility for everyone.
It is very exciting to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of a transport network, and use that data to improve mobility for everyone.
What is most innovative about door2door? How does it push the sector forward?
Our approach to impact the way we move around and get from A to B is quite different and unique compared to other players in the industry. Our mobility platform offers all the tools a city, a community or a transport company need to operate mobility solutions themselves in the most efficient way. In order to be efficient, our partners need to get insights into their existing transport infrastructure – for better decision-making and planning. That is what we aim to offer our partners with Insights.
This is the true innovation of our product: we enable our clients to understand their transport network, identify the gaps, and then implement mobility solutions such as Rideshare to fill those gaps and optimise the network. We deliver the tools to really improve the system as a whole, from decision-making to operations and monitoring.
Tell us about any developments in the mobility sector that you are currently interested in.
The mobility sector is booming, and it is super exciting to be part of a sector that is so innovative!
Innovative start-ups across the world are working on ideas around how to improve mobility. There are various approaches – from bike-sharing to car- or ride-sharing. But the problem is that these new solutions do not collaborate and instead see the others as competitors. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages, and appeal to different individual preferences. So for me, the future of mobility lies in the connection of all the various solutions to create a mobility ecosystem, where everyone can use the type of transportation he or she prefers. With our mobility platform we want to make this happen, and I’m sure we are on the right track.
The future of mobility lies in the connection of all the various solutions to create a mobility ecosystem, where everyone can use the type of transportation he or she prefers.
Stay tuned for interviews with the remaining winners of the UITP Awards.