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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Successful Start-Ups

BestMile solves the last mile problem in public transport Swiss start-up BestMile develops solutions for a new urban mobility and modern fleet management, especially for the last few miles between a bus or train station and people’s doorstep. Using innovative software and autonomous vehicles, BestMile helps making a step into a new world of public transport. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTO: BESTMILE

Imagine taking a flight: How do people get to the airport? Perhaps by bus or train. But what if the next station is not in walking distance? This is something most public transport systems suffer from, especially in peri-urban rural areas. There is always a gap between the last stop and people’s true destination, often discouraging them to use public transport at all.This is also known as last mile problem, one of the key areas BestMile focuses on. BestMile helps companies setting up transport systems for a last mile mobility service – from planning to implementation. BestMile offers software solutions to manage fleets of autonomous vehicles. Shared

mobility services and particularly on-demand mobility can be a solution for the last mile problem. If new mobility solutions are implemented – often combined with the already existing traditional transport system – BestMile offers assistance in operating it. Real-time management not only improves the service but also lowers operational costs. Just recently BestMile has been part of the CityMobil2 project co-financed by the European

Commission that addresses barriers to deploying automated road vehicles. BestMile has been remotely managing a fleet of six driverless vehicles (open to the public) thanks to its software. These vehicles were manufactured by a French company. In addition the start-up is working on making on-demand services become a reality with its homemade mobile app.

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