‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK

 

slideSlide Bristol fares ‘only cost a little more than taking the bus’

 

RATP Dev has ventured into the world of app-based personal mobility with the launch of ‘Slide’, a new shared ride-to-work service in Bristol.

Slide has been developed for commuters by the Paris-based transport group. Slide Bristol is the first service of its kind in the UK.

The ‘Slide Bristol’ app enables users to book a journey to or from work, in advance or just minutes before travelling, from a nearby location at a preferred time during peak hours. The technology offers a pick-up point, within a five-minute walk, and calculates the optimal route based on others requesting a similar journey.

A fleet of six Ford Tourneo minibuses will be expanded in line with demand. The vehicles are equipped with Wi-Fi and air conditioning, and accommodate up to eight passengers.

Fares are not based on the number of passengers or demand at the time of travelling. In Bristol, the fares, which are typically £4-6, are “more affordable than taxi rates and only cost a little more than taking the bus”. Users pay on their smartphones.

Padam, a French start-up, is supplying its innovative algorithms and intuitive mobile apps used by Slide Bristol, as well as providing ongoing technical support. Padam has already launched a commuting service in Paris, called Padam Daily.

Commenting in the launch, François-Xavier Perin, CEO of RATP Dev, said: “We are committed to offering tailored and innovative solutions to our passengers. We believe in co-operating with start-up companies to combine RATP Dev proven operator experience with a new approach … based on innovative algorithms and technologies.”

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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