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Germany’s Federal minister of economics, Peter Altmaier, called HubChain an exemplary source of inspiration for Germany as a driver of innovation. The jury selected HubChain as award winner because the project partners used digital mobility services to combine fixed route traffic with on-demand transport and enabled the testing of the project in public.

Booking App powered by HaCon

Involved in the project from its very start, HaCon developed the app as well as the back-office system that enabled passengers to book their trip with “HUBI” during the testing phase.

The app displays the actual location of the autonomously driving bus. Additionally, it enables passengers to book their seats for their trip with “HUBI”. The operator can manage reservations via the component “SeatBlocker” of the HAFAS Smart VMS, HaCon’s smart vehicle management system. It transfers the reservation information to the so called “steward” who currently still needs to be on board the vehicle.

HubChain shows how digital platforms can enable the smart combination of traditional public transport with on-demand feeder and fetcher busses. The innovative approach of integrating an autonomously driving vehicle in the testing convinced the experts in the jury to select the project as award winner.

Successful test run in public street area

The realization of HubChain started in 2018 and was carried out in three stages: First of all, the vehicle technology was tested on the premises of the municipal services of Osnabrück. In the second phase, “HUBI” carried out its first test drives in public with bookings powered by the HaCon app. The third part of the testing was planned to begin in Bad Essen, a district of Osnabrück, in May 2020. Due to Corona, it had to be postponed. The project partners work intensively on solutions to start the final testing.

Background Information: Hub Chain

The project consortium of HubChain is composed of the following partners: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transportation Systems (DLR), Dornier Consulting International GmbH (Dornier); HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbh (HaCon); Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM), Kompetenzzentrum ländliche Mobilität, an institute of the Forschungs-GmbH Wismar (KOMOB); Stadtwerke Osnabrück AG. Find more information about the project on www.hubchain.de.

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