Since the end of September, Duisburg residents have no longer had to wait for pick-up at the nearest bus stop; thanks to the DVG, the regional public transport company in Duisburg, they can now be driven door-to-door in much more comfort. The intelligent algorithm "Rideshare" from the Berlin-based start-up door2door ensures that similar travel requests are identified and the journeys are then shared. The passengers enter their start and finish points using the app and receive precise information about the ride’s costs and duration in advance. The test phase is expected to continue until 2019. Door2door and DVG want to use this project to show that local public transport can compete with personal automobiles and is in no way inferior in terms of comfort and flexibility. The small buses used by the DVG will complement the usual offering for the time being.
Similar ride-on-demand concepts have meanwhile also emerged in other German cities. One door2door competitor, CleverShuttle , for example, offers a shuttle service in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Leipzig, and from wintertime, also in Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart and Dresden. In Berlin, door2door also offers such a service with Allygator Shuttle .