DemandTrans and Kyyti Group Announce US Launch of Switch Transit App

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Advanced technology will simplify trip planning, payment and ticketing for public and private transit

Switch Dynamic MaaS

a fully flexible mobile service such as Switch helps make current and emerging transportation options more accessible, all while reducing car ownership and congestion

“At a time when city planners are working on integrating varied services such as Lyft and Uber to mitigate first, middle, and last mile challenges, a fully flexible mobile service such as Switch helps make current and emerging transportation options more accessible, all while reducing car ownership and congestion,” reports retired Air Force General and Managing Partner of Switch Mobility John E. Michel.

Switch Mobility was formed through a joint-venture partnership between DemandTrans, Inc. of Chicago and The Kyyti Group of Helsinki, Finland to develop and launch their Dynamic Mobility as a Service (MaaS) app “Switch” to provide consumers instant access to virtually every kind of transport service available, from taxis, buses, trains, bike-share, car-share and more. Unlike other apps that attempt to organize an array of urban mobility choices, Switch is the first to integrate real-time, micro-transit ride generation capability to ensure consumers have access to efficient on-demand services anytime, anywhere.

The partnership combines the DemandTrans market leading on-demand technology suite currently in use in Denver, Oakland, Salem, Oregon, and soon, Nashville, and Chicago, with Europe’s “Best Mobile Service” award-winning Kyyti Mobility as a service system in use in numerous cities in Finland to create a comprehensive platform that makes the process of getting from A to B simple, quick, and convenient for both public and private transport users.

“Switch provides consumers with unparalleled convenience and will change the way people move throughout the US and the world,” Michel adds. “With increasing mobility choices, we believe it is more important than ever to give people the freedom to choose from a wide array of potential options and routes to enhance the end-to-end public and private transportation experience.”
Pekka Motto, Managing Partner of Switch Mobility Global and CEO of the Kyyti Group adds “What truly differentiates Switch is that planning, ticketing, and payment are all taken care of in a single app that allows users to go about their trip seamlessly and without added guesswork or unnecessary wait times.”

The development of the MaaS app leverages insights gleaned from designing and deploying the world’s largest Demand Response system, Europe’s Flex Denmark, which provides over 20,000 rides a day sourced from 550 different mobility providers. Switch Mobility Chief Technology Integration Officer and architect of Flex Denmark Niels Larsen highlights how “Switch functions as an automated mobility operator, seamlessly integrating legs of a trip together to maximize the user experience, thus helping transit companies focus on delivering value-added services.” While everyone talks about multimodality, Switch “provides a customized, optimized complete end-to-end mobility solution right to a user’s smart phone,” Larsen adds.

Before joining forces with DemandTrans to form Switch Mobility, the Kyyti Group has conducted several very successful MaaS and micro-transit tests in Finland. The Switch app will be launching in a prominent US City to be announced shortly.

For over two decades, DEMANDTRANS, Inc. has been instrumental in delivering advanced technology and software applications to solve challenging problems in the transit industry. From operations management, resource scheduling, predictive modeling, transportation logistics or smart city solutions, the DEMANDTRANS team works with clients in the U.S. and abroad to design and deliver intelligent transit technology to help make Mobility-As-A-Service (MAAS) an actionable reality in any city of any size.

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