Public transport

  • Hyperloop from Amsterdam to Berlin in 55 minutes

    Imagine: you wake up, wave past the office in the center of Amsterdam and then attend a business meeting in Berlin over lunch. No, you don't use a plane to get there. You take the Hyperloop. And in 55 minutes you are at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.  

    For example, Hardt describes Hyperloop, which is developing Hyperloop in the Netherlands, a realistic scenario for the near future. The Hyperloop is a sustainable alternative for short-haul flights. One of the major advantages over air travel is that the Hyperloop takes travelers directly to city centers. UNStudio, together with Hardt Hyperloop, has conducted research into the user experience of passengers and the design of the stations, which plays a major role in this experience.  

    In the Hyperloop Experience video, Hardt Hyperloop shows what traveling with the Hyperloop will look like. This 3D animation takes you on a journey from Amsterdam to Berlin and lets you experience it through the eyes of the passengers. It shows that the Hyperloop is not only durable and fast, but also very comfortable. 

    Upon arrival at the fictional Hub, you can easily step into the Hyperloop, which will take you from Amsterdam to Berlin within an hour. The Hyperloop has been developed to make the short journey as pleasant as possible, with ample space and comfortable seats. During your trip, you will be informed of your current location and time, estimated arrival times and transfer options. The ceiling has a skylight made up of curved screens that can display the weather conditions outside. This creates a unique atmosphere where you do not have the feeling that you are in a closed cabin. 

    VR research

    This last aspect is especially important when traveling by Hyperloop. Using VR technology, Hardt did qualitative research on how passengers feel about traveling in a windowless vehicle, and the results were positive. 

    “Users describe both the station and the vehicle as spacious, comfortable and relaxing. Hyperloop is seen as high-quality public transport, and yet the ticket prices will be comparable to what people are used to from existing means of transport.”

    Mars Geuze, co-founder of Hardt Hyperloop.

    The route from Amsterdam to Berlin is just one of many routes in the network that Hardt Hyperloop will use to connect European cities. Thanks to its high speeds and significant reduction of CO 2 emissions, the Hyperloop is therefore a sustainable alternative for short-haul flights. Hardt

    “Urbanization has created infrastructure challenges that our current modalities cannot solve. That is why we need a sustainable alternative to flying. The Hyperloop offers this alternative, providing travelers with seamless connections with other modes of transport in the city centers of existing cities. This animation is a taste of what to expect.”

    Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio/UNSense, responsible for the design of the Hyperloop stations.

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    Photo above and below: Hardt image bank.

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Taxi transport

  • Cabman software update 2.4 for the BCT

    The software update 2.4 for the BCT is available immediately. After the Tilburg company received official approval from the RDW last month, they were able to start updating. Unlike the 2.3 update, this BCT update is not mandatory. However, the new version offers a lot of improvements and offers access to a number of new features.

    First of all, with the 2.4 update you get the option to pay in combination with BCT Remote by means of a QR code. The BCT communicates the payment to the BCT Remote app, which ensures that a QR code is created. The customer can then scan it and pay easily via his or her telephone using the digital payment method of his or her choice. After the customer has paid, this is fed back to the app and the BCT. 

    With the 2.4 BCT software version it is also possible to display the payment screen at the start of a journey by means of a type of transport. This makes it possible to pay the fare before the journey is carried out. This function is very useful with certain Regiotaxi contracts. Since this year they also offer the possibility to share data with insurers with the aim of insuring your fleet better, easier and cheaper. They do this with a number of partners, including HelloMobility and Drivestar. The new update makes it possible to transfer the data from the BCT to these partners in the correct manner.

    Photo: Cabman – part of Euphoria

    cabman is part of Euphoria. Over the past year, they have worked hard at Euphoria to develop solutions that make the day-to-day business of customers even easier. For example, the company launched driver assessments last year. An accessible tool with which a taxi company can easily have the service assessed by customers. In addition to the positive developments in the Netherlands, they were also able to take great steps beyond their own national borders. For example, they provided no less than 2.100 taxis Ajman of equipment and welcomed a lot of new customers in Belgium. They also became acquainted with the market in Finland and will be able to equip a number of vehicles with our equipment at the end of this year.

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