Mobility in today’s cities presents various challenges, such as being unable to search combinations of multiple modes of transport, and the lack of an integrated system that allows searching for a shop, event, or similar destination while identifying a route and making transport reservations and payments for such.
To tackle this issue Nishitetsu and Toyota have joined hands with eight service providers in traffic, shop, and event information. The companies have begun trials of the multi-modal mobility service “my route” for smartphones, in Fukuoka City.
my route supports mobility services with its route search combining various modes of transport including public transport (such as bus, rail, and subway), automobiles (such as taxis, rental cars, and private vehicles), bicycles, and walking, making reservations and payments as required.
It provides shop and event information while enabling users to search, book, and pay for transport, offering a single mobility-focused application with integrated functions, with the aim of supporting smooth movement in Fukuoka City and further bolstering the city’s vibrancy.
For these trials, Toyota will develop and run the app and payment platform, and provide information on Toyota car-rental services. Nishitetsu will provide information on shops and events (such as its Tenjin site), and will launch an app-exclusive digital Fukuoka City
Through these trials, Nishitetsu and Toyota aim to verify the viability of multi-modal mobility services, understand areas for improvement, and provide most convenient services for residents and tourists.
Multi-modal route search:
Displays route options for Fukuoka City and its surroundings, combining various modes of transport including public transport (such as bus, rail, and subway), automobiles (such as taxis, rental cars, and private vehicles), bicycles, and walking. Also displays the real-time location of Nishitetsu route buses and parking lot status information.
Reservations and payments:
Enables reservation and payment for taxis (payment only possible for Fukko Taxi Center Group and Lucky Taxi Group) and for purchase of the Nishitetsu Bus digital Fukuoka City One-day Pass, providing a seamless service from reservation through to use in one app.
Shop and event information search:
Provides information on unique-to-Fukuoka events, shops, and sightseeing spots while suggesting options for outings and improving navigation.
Fukuoka City One-day Pass:
A my route app-exclusive Fukuoka City One-day Pass offering unlimited rides on municipal buses in Fukuoka City will be sold during the trial period. The One-day Pass can be purchased via the app, and displayed on smartphones to show the driver. In addition to the One-day Pass, a new Six-hour Pass will be available, suited to business or leisure travelers seeking flexible bus transport options.