Spain / Sweden / United Kingdom – November 2018 – Tunnll, an international smart transportation systems startup, has successfully concluded its first Spanish pilot project, at La Bisbal del Penedès, a town in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia.
The goal of the project was to provide full public transportation services and demonstrate how Tunnll can improve passenger mobility, reduce waiting times and improve the quality of life for La Bisbal del Penedès’ population of 3,500.
Tunnll’s disruptive technology collects real-time passenger data and adapts the existing public transport network several times a day to fit current and predicted passenger demand. The technology used also helps drivers by making transport more efficient, reducing the number of empty buses and removing the need to slow down near empty bus stops.
Francisco, one of our drivers during the pilot, had the following to say: “Before Tunnll, some passengers had to wait up to an hour for their bus so a system that keeps adjusting to their needs can really make a difference. You can really feel it as a driver. You’re constantly picking up new passengers and dropping them exactly where they need to go.” You can read the full story of our drivers’ Francisco and Mari Carmen’s first-hand experiences here.
The pilot’s results were particularly promising, with waiting times in La Bisbal del Penedès decreasing from 1 hour to 15 to 20 minutes, ridership increasing by approximately 400% over the course of the project and a total of 2652 passengers transported by Tunnll.
The first Spanish pilot also demonstrated the importance of Tunnll’s technology for an environmentally sustainable future, encouraging a car-free lifestyle. By making public transportation easier and more convenient for passengers, Tunnll hopes to introduce a paradigm shift in urban mobility, helping up to 150 small cities around the world to reduce transport-generated CO2 emissions by up to 50% in the next 10 years. You can find out more about Tunnll’s social impact through climate action, powered by EIT Climate-KIC Spain here.
La Bisbal del Penedès follows an initial test in Härnösand, Sweden, through a pilot project in collaboration with Björks & Byberg and Malmö University and approved by Swedish government agency for innovation, Vinnova.