Uber tackles ground mobility challenges

Transport giant addresses congestion and pollution concerns at ITB Berlin

After Christoph Weigler, General Manager of Uber Germany, spoke yesterday at the ITB Berlin Convention, we asked him how ground mobility is evolving in the tourism industry.

Tourists benefit a lot from new mobility services. When you are in an unfamiliar city, Uber makes your stay comfortable: You just need to push a button, your car turns up and you relax. The driver doesn’t take any detours and you don’t need any local cash. Without Uber, visitors might have stayed in or nearby their hotel. Today they just enter the name of a restaurant or shop in the app and experience the city.

What was the key focus at yesterday’s future ground mobility panel at the ITB Berlin Convention?
From my point of view, the discussion focused on how we will connect global solutions such as Uber with local mobility providers and their services and vice versa in a trusted way to make people’s lives in cities better and easier.

WE KNOW THAT CONGESTION AND POLLUTION ARE A BIG BURDEN IN MANY CITIES

What is Uber doing to anticipate future changes?
We know that congestion and pollution are a big burden in many cities. We address pollution with our Uber Green product with electric vehicles, which is available in many cities across Europe. We address with our pedelec service, JUMP, and with Uber Pool where we match riders with other riders going the same direction.

 

Uber has been increasingly partnering with public transport agencies to make a “seamless” journey. Can you tell us more about this?
In Denver, for example, we implemented our plan to become a platform for all types of transportation and integrated public transportation into our app. Uber is a reliable and affordable solution for the last mile connecting people with public transport stations.

What will ground mobility look like in 10 years time?
If I would ask my colleagues from our Uber Elevate team, they would tell you we might see flying taxis, and no traf c or congestion.


Photo: Christoph Weigler, General Manager, Uber Germany