Occupancy rates for passenger cars are declining as a result of increasing car ownership, increased use of cars for commuting (where occupancies typically are low) and a continued decline in household size. The lower the occupancy rate, the higher will be the carbon footprint of transportation sector. The higher the occupancy rate, the higher the energy and economic efficiency of transportation, and the fewer vehicles will be needed on the transport channels to transport the same number of people.
Public transport is a very good solution. However, there is a tendency to prioritize public transport routes to cut back subsidy levels. Hence, unprofitable bus routes are being closed down. This results in higher occupancy rates and corresponding improvements in usage efficiency. But, it is unclear whether this development will eventually be desirable, as it may make it more difficult to shift users from car transport to public transport. Car sharing is a good development but it is also doubtful if it has the potential to reverse the trend of fewer occupants per car, due to some social challenges.
Nordic Smart Mobility aims to introduce commuter vans as an additional public transportation facility. The occupancy rate for vans has increased from 2.07 in 1995 to 2.44 in 2017. This will bring both flexibility and customer satisfaction in the public transportation. Through a mobile application customers can book their trip on an existing route or design a new route based upon crowd preference. We will collaborate with local municipalities and local taxi services.