5 Mar 19

Berlin gets ‘one app to rule them all’

The German MaaS application Jelbi will do in Berlin what many mobility providers can only dream of: uniting every available mode of transport in a city in a single application. 

With the arrival of Jelbi it will be the first time that a European city of the size of Berlin can integrate its entire mobility network, both public and private operators, into one application. 

Counting them all in

The app is not only unique in its geographic coverage – a city of the size of Berlin – but also in its unique coverage of transportation modes. Soon a user can access both public transportation, including scooters and bikes, and private mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing via one click on Jelbi. Even the traditional taxis came on board and will be bookable via Jelbi. 

The Gate-away for MaaS

If the future of mobility is MaaS, Jelbi is the gateway we are waiting for. Many cities already offer a wide variety of mobility services, however switching between apps and payment methods is holding back the promising future of MaaS. If planning, booking, consuming and even paying could be done via one application, MaaS can enter its golden age. 

Jelbi will be created by Trafi, the technology platform for mobility, in cooperation with BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), the main public transport company in Berlin. The application is a white-label solution branded under the BVG flag powered by Trafi’s technology. The latter collaborates with many leading mobility companies, such as Lyft, Google, Apple and the Volkswagen Group. 

Jelbi promises to launch in the summer of 2019, integrating 10 to 15 private providers, and will be both available on iOS and Android. 

Authored by: Fien Van den steen