'Blitzer4Future' Drives Public Transport Alternatives in Vienna
The Vienna Climathon challenged participants to catalyse a shift from private transportation towards a ‘mobility-as-a-service’ model.
By the year 2030, EIT Climate-KIC aims to achieve clean mobility across Europe by cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from urban transportation. Aligning with this goal, the Vienna Climathon challenged participants to catalyse a shift from private transportation towards a 'mobility-as-a-service' model. The 24-hour global hackathon, co-organised by Brain Bows, sparked innovative solutions for ecologically and socially organising mobility in the city’s urban periphery.
New mobility services, like e-scooters and free-floating bicycles, have recently popped up across many European cities. These transportation alternatives enrich and complement the existing mobility system, but also apply pressure and require dynamic organisation. Vienna represents an attractive market for sharing and pooling services, ride hailing, and other mobility services. However, in the outskirts and the surrounding area, the public transportation network is less connected. Of the 527,600 daily commuters, 79% go by car, and only one in ten carpools.
"If you live in Vienna, you can see it every day. You can see the traffic jams and people lining up at the traffic lights. I saw an urge to do something; to get people to share their rides and to suffer less," explained Fabian Artacker, team member of the winning Climathon solution.
'Blitzer4Future' is a comprehensive, carpooling campaign that makes use of roadside installations in congested areas. These installations reward carpoolers with positive feedback while providing solo travelers with information on sustainable transportation alternatives. Blitzer4Future aims to market both data collection and analysis of vehicle occupancy rates at traffic hotspots, along with roadside installations that provide immediate feedback to drivers.
With a heightened awareness in car-sharing services, citizens will benefit from reduced pollution, traffic congestion, noise, and most importantly, carbon emissions. The counter effect will increase the demand for public transportation, resulting in investments for improved infrastructure and a climate-resilient city.
Meet The Team
Curiosity got the best of Richard Preißle, Fabian Artacker, Gerald Reitschmied and Hannes Leo, the brains behind Blitzer4Future. The motivation behind their participation stemmed from a shared interest in the topic of mobility. Fusing their skills of communications, strategy and technology, the Austrian team successfully delivered on the challenge hosted by Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transport company. They were granted the opportunity to present their solution to the management of Wiener Linien and at the same time, learn about the company's innovation portfolio. The team’s next step is to persuade other stakeholders to get on board!
EIT Climate-KIC's Climathon programme offers a launchpad for transformative ideas, bringing participants together to help cities carve a path toward decarbonisation and climate resilience. With 145 cities participating, thousands of citizens can be empowered and engage in climate activism.
“I think everyone should keep their eyes open and look for opportunities to contribute. The small things also count,” said Artacker.
In total, five cities and ten winning teams will take center stage at the Climathon Global Awards on 31 January 2020. The nominees will be celebrated for their climate action solutions tackling urban challenges at the ChangeNOW International Summit in Paris.