EASING TRAVEL ACROSS MODES OF TRANSPORT IN SWEDEN
I’m currently visiting my colleagues in the Linkon Stockholm office, and I am impressed at how they are enabling “seamless mobility” in Sweden. At SilverRail, we believe it is important to allow you to seamlessly travel. Our mission is to make it easy to plan, book, and travel, regardless of how many disparate modes of transportation are involved in your journey.
Our Linkon colleagues currently enable seamless mobility across trains, inter-city buses, taxis, underground trains, trams, and local buses in Sweden. For instance, you could conceivably book and pay for all aspects of the following journey via their systems:
- A ride-share taxi from your home to Stockholm Central train station
- A high-speed train to Malmo Central train station
- A local transit bus to Trelleborg
- An Express Coach bus service from Trelleborg back to Stockholm
- A taxi from the train station back to your home
You can plan, book, pay, and ticket all segments of such a journey at once. You don’t have the hassle of searching for and going to several websites (the rail website, the local transit website, the express bus website, and taxi websites) just to plan the journey; you don’t have the hassle of processing multiple payments on those different websites; you don’t have to worry about managing tickets from multiple sources.
Linkon, however, do more than a superficial integration of these different modes of transport. For instance, when adding a Ride-Share or Standard Taxi at the start of trips, the pick-up time is automatically determined based on the train departure information, the taxi route to the station, the time of day of travel, and the type of taxi. In most cases, you can override the pick-up time to go earlier, with the exception being Ride-Share taxis that have fixed routes. To ensure smooth taxi pick up at destination train stations, taxi drivers have access to real-time train arrival information as well as the mobile phone number of the passenger being picked up. These are just some of the ways that Linkon is fusing together disparate modes of transport to make mobility for Swedish travelers easier.
At SilverRail, we want to bring such ease of mobility to consumers in your country. We also want to leverage emerging mobile and wearable technologies to make all of this even more seamless.