Touring chooses new partners for mobility solutions
Furthermore, AG insurance will promote Touring’s car glass service, Touring Glass. BNP Paribas Fortis’ lease subsidiary Arval already works with Touring Glass and Touring Assistance. Besides that, BNP wants to give customers searching for a second-hand car the opportunity to have it checked by Touring.
The plans for the partnership are much broader. They want to offer a mobility system “that makes customers’ lives easier”. The ‘Mobility as a Service’-project (MaaS) Touring is piloting in Antwerp already gives a clue on what is to come.
With Touring’s ‘Easy Way’ app, users can calculate the fastest or cheapest way to get to their destination. The app takes all forms of transport into account, be it private, public, shared, or rented. It also shows charging stations for electric vehicles.
The user doesn’t need 15 different accounts to use the services. According to the company, assembling all amounts paid on one invoice will be a strong point for companies that want to give their employees a wide choice in their mobility budget.
Traditional activities under pressure
But how did a bank and an insurer get involved in this story? Their regular activities are under pressure, and they are looking for new services and revenues.
Touring says its arrangement with Belfius, which the news partnership replaces, was purely business and could have grown into a partnership. But Touring values its partnership with AG and BNP more.
Belfius is surprised by the new developments. “We take note of the decision and will look at the impact it has on our cooperation,” says a Belfius spokesman. The two companies announced their strategic cooperation at the end of 2017.