- Year of commitment : 2015
- Digital services : Mobility
- Sustainable mobility : Carpool
- Manager / Dealer
Created in December 2014, Ecov is an innovative start-up of the social economy and recognized as a young innovative company, developing products and services that facilitate, secure and institutionalize the practice local carpool. Composed of 12 people, Ecov team is multidisciplinary (developers, engineers, project managers, etc.) and aims to put the organizational and technological innovation at the disposal of the Organising Authorities for Mobility and businesse, with solutions that meet the challenges of modern forms of mobility.
With an average of 1.3 people per vehicle, carpooling has become a major public policy issue of mobility. However, if the long-distance carpooling makes more and more followers, the local carpool is struggling to take off.
Ecov, what is it?
With carpooling, Ecov creates new transmission lines aiming to reduce car traffic.
These lines are developed in consultation with local stakeholders and target priority areas to be served, especially to prevent private provision does not compete in place transportation network.
The connected carpool station directly sollicitits drivers, even if they are not registered to the service, or they didn't anticipate their carpool. This solution does not face the limit of the "critical mass" of users to achieve: the transport offer is available instantly.
By simply declaring their schedules on the website, users create themselves the frequencies of the line. To trust their passage, it is possible to compensate and geotag them to determine their transit schedules.
As soon as the supply conductors on one side and the passenger demand, on the other, side is sufficient, it is possible to use the same station to serve other destinations. This allows the pooling of physical investments for different routes and the gradual development of the network.
A connected carpool station consists of:
A terminal for performing an application for carpooling, including:
- solar autonomy
- touch screen interface
- paper ticket emission
- contactless card reader
- contactless banking and payment terminal
- It can accommodate other services (lockers, bicycles, etc.) and various sensors (noise and pollution etc.)
One or more variable message signs, allowing the display of requests for carpooling:
- On existing candelabrum
- Dedicated mast
- Connected to public lighting network or solar autonomy
- They can accommodate additional sensors (counting, radar speed sign etc.)
The necessary street furniture (passenger shelter, bench / sit-stand, etc.)
Visual communication elements to promote the station:
- Physical: totem, banner, etc.
- Digital: online campaigns
The entire information system:
- Interface terminal (left illustration)
- Web interface
- smartphone application
- Payment System
Fully developed by Ecov with industrial partners, this innovative information system is used to organize and secure carpooling. Indeed, in addition to connecting terminals and variable message signs (VMS), it ensures the dissemination of information, payment and ticketing. Furthermore, a website and a smartphone application are included in the system, offering a set of connected features.
The smartphone application provides a permanent connection to the service and provide all the functions available on the website, as well as:
- The geolocation of registered drivers to know their arriving time
- The ability to share its position with one's relatives (allows the tracking in a security objective)
- The opportunity to announce the leaving or boarding of a passenger
The application is specifically designed to interact with the street furniture installed on streets and is regularly evolving to incorporate new features.
Website Enterprise / Infrastructurehttps://covoitici.fr/
- Carpool stations for your commute where you need them.
No need to plan my trips, I go to the station when I need them.
+ € 1.99 / month, paid only for the months used
I travel as usual and it is enough to read the light panels.
- Smart city :
- Collaborative transportation
- Digital services
Multifunction terminal allowing carpoolers to indicate their destination