Vulog says it is releasing a major upgrade of its newest platform, AiMA (Artificial Intelligence Mobility Applied). The upgrade makes a suite of features available to carsharing schemes. According to the company, the platform’s new capabilities will increase the user appeal of shared mobility services by enabling an operator, with a single fleet, to offer multiple usage possibilities.
Vulog says its AiMA can now support the flexibility of a free-floating scheme, in which users can access vehicles instantly anywhere within a large geofenced area. It also supports the convenience of scheduled bookings, by which vehicles can be reserved for a specific time at a location selected by the user.
Vulog says it now provides the capability to serve multiple use cases with one fleet of vehicles, one management tool, and one mobile app for the consumer.
“Our latest AiMA platform upgrade truly alters the carsharing paradigm for users and providers,” said Grégory Ducongé, CEO of Vulog. “Users can now trust that a free-floating car parked in front of their homes or office will be there when they need it simply by reserving it in advance. This dependability will help shift the mindset of millions of users that they can now give up their private car for good, and rely on their favorite mobility service to meet virtually all of their personal transportation needs.”
The first deployment of this multi-usage feature will take place in Madrid, Spain with Wible, a carsharing service operated as a joint venture between Kia Motors Europe and Repsol. Launched in August 2018, Wible operates 500 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric cars.
The AiMA platform’s set of features are fueled by Vulog's data insight and artificial intelligence proficiency. Other new features recently added include improved predictive demand management, specific electric fleet management enhancements, and the integration of autonomous shared mobility capabilities.