‘Mobility as a Service’ app Pikaway kicks off in Antwerp
Pikaway, a new MaaS (Mobility as a Service) app, has been launched by Lab Box, the start-up incubator from D’Ieteren Auto. It will first be rolled out in the city of Antwerp but will expand to Flanders and Belgium as soon as possible.
Pikaway is a combination of a route planner and a tool to order mobility solutions and pay for it. It integrates different mobility providers in one app.
Some like NMBS/SNCB (trains), De Lijn (buses), Poppy (shared cars and scooters) and the taxi companies have already joined in, others (Velo, Mobit and Cloudbite bike sharing) are expected to follow.
The user has a large choice of transport means and the app immediately gives an estimation of the timing and of the cost. The app will be available for the public in the beginning of 2019 after a try out period in the coming months.
Pikaway can also be used for B2B. Companies will be able to integrate the app in their mobility services, as well for daily commuting of their employees as for business trips. That way Pikaway can be an interesting tool in the plans for a mobility budget.
“Many people get frustrated nowadays because they have to use different mobility apps”, says Dirk Joos, MD at Lab Box. “With Pikaway we have tried to create a product that allows people to plan their mobility faster and smarter and to book and pay accordingly.”
In the B2B environment “the integration of the app in the coming mobility budget will allow employers to accompany their employees in a clever choice for alternative and multimodal means of mobility and transportation”.
First in Antwerp
Antwerp will be the first city where Pikaway will be available. It starts this week – the European Mobility Week – with a group of early adopters.
With the launch there will also be a contest for the general public. People who show interest in the Pikaway app and persuade others to follow their example can win a week of free mobility.