A competition which perhaps rivals only Eurovision in its aim to enrich European life has revealed the best online journey planners in Europe.
The winners are: Idos, a door-to-door journey planner used in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Sipax, Italian rail firm Trenitalia’s journey planner.
The winners were decided by an online “e-vote” launched by the European Commission earlier this year, in order to highlight how vital multi-modal travel is in meeting environmental goals. The competition also aims to encourage the development of more all-in-one journey planners that cover travel across borders.
Winners in the “best newcomer” section of the vote are byebyehello, a German planner due to launch in May this year, and Mytripset, a planner produced by French train operator SNCF which uses social networks to provide content and is due to launch in Autumn this year.
Vice-President Kallas, the Commissioner for mobility and transport, said: “I strongly believe that these winners will help to widen the choice of multi-modal travel for all Europeans. This contest has also confirmed the remaining challenges ahead, and most notably the need for opening up access to travel data”.
The winners of the first Smart Mobility Challenge will show their ideas and solutions at a meeting of the European Parliament’s TRAN Committee on 26 March 2012.
The promotion of innovative, multi-modal journey planners is a priority for the EC. In 2011, the Commission conducted a study “Towards a European Multimodal Journey Planner”. Its final report is published here