Save money and protect the environment with carpooling – Sustainable mobility with twogo and HERE Technologies

Driver using the smart ride-sharing solution twogo as an app on his smartphone

Full parking lots, high fuel costs and lots of exhaust fumes: Driving can be exhausting and puts a strain on the environment, the infrastructure and last but not least your own wallet.

Twogo – the smart carpooling solution from Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH – helps companies, municipalities and all users to make daily commuting more sustainable and relieve the surrounding infrastructure as well as the parking situation at company locations and in cities. Carpooling reduces CO2 emissions as well as ensures less traffic on the roads and a better climate. In addition, the ride-sharing solution makes it possible to reduce the high fuel costs due to shared journeys and also provides for networking among commuters – thus not only strengthening climate protection but also cooperation.

Sustainable mobility through ride-sharing

Through twogo, 70,000 journeys are arranged worldwide every year. In the process, 1.9 million kilometers of driving distance are saved by creating carpools. To compensate for the amount of CO2 saved each day, 32,444 trees would be needed. Winfried Hermann, MdL, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg describes the carpooling solution as follows: “Twogo is a smart way of sharing the way to and from work with colleagues. Ride-sharing saves solo trips and thus reduces environmental pollution. Apps like this are a good contribution to a new, sustainable mobility.”

Carpooling pays off for everyone – companies, communities or event organizers

The twogo ride-sharing solution can be used in all industries and sectors and is the smart mobility platform for companies, municipalities and event organizers, but also schools as well as clinics and thus for everyone who wants to ride together. Twogo was developed specifically to meet the needs of commuters and business travelers and arranges carpooling opportunities automatically, efficiently and precisely. The ride-sharing solution ensures modern mobility in everyday life, relieves the traffic infrastructure and supports the achievement of climate goals.

Twogo uses HERE Technologies services in its app. Specifically, the app uses HERE Location Services for twogo rides to ensure precise localization and navigation. The HERE service enables intelligent route calculation in order to arrange as many carpools as possible with the least detour. In addition, historical traffic data is used to assure that carpoolers can be given a realistic arrival time for their ride. Lastly, twogo uses HERE Geocoding & Search API to auto-complete the address entry as well as determine the address when using location determination. HERE provides twogo with the widest range of different geopositioning and routing interfaces from a single source, allowing twogo to cover most use cases with one partner. This significantly reduces the complexity of development.

Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH and MBI have a long and trusting partnership. Careful consulting and targeted workshops ensure that Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH is informed about current trends in the area of location intelligence, as well as products from the HERE portfolio. As an experienced partner, MBI continuously assists with support questions as well as the implementation and integration of new functionalities, for example by advising on forward-looking topics for the long-term further development of the twogo app.

Exemplary representation of the smart ridesharing app twogo on a smartphone

Individual additional functions complement the smart algorithm

The ride-sharing solution is available as a cross-platform mobile app (iOS, Android) and web app and can be downloaded by users free of charge. After completing registration, a ride request can be entered in just a few steps. Thanks to an intelligent matching algorithm, twogo automatically searches for and arranges a suitable ride within a very short time. The user is informed by SMS or e-mail about the carpooling opportunity and all relevant information about the upcoming trip.

With twogo, individual additional functions such as pool vehicle management, gamification, individual branding or reserved parking spaces can be made available. In addition, users are shown alternative trips by public transport. Precise and simple route planning based on historical traffic data is provided thanks to HERE Technologies.

The carpooling solution is currently available in over 25 languages and is being continuously upgraded.

Would you also like to protect the environment and save money at the same time? Download the mobile app now for free from the App Store or Google Play Store. For more information, please visit the twogo website or follow twogo on LinkedIn. If you are interested in our HERE Technologies Distribution or MBI’s comprehensive portfolio of geographic, market and risk data, please contact our Sales Team.


On a ride through the USA on the most iconic road – guided by Route 66 Navigation powered by HERE Technologies

Image showing the various services around the Route 66 Navigation app

Route 66 measures 4200 km, passes through eight US states and its route is clearly defined. Conventional navigation solutions calculate the fastest route – a highway route – and they can avoid dirt roads, but no solution has been able to navigate a traveler along a pre-defined route yet.

Unique mobile app supports tourists from across the world with navigating along the historic Route 66

In 2017, Touch Media, founded by Jan Svrcek and Marian Pavel, aimed to change exactly that by focusing on developing the unique Route 66 Navigation app. After a challenging period of development and testing, in 2018 the first navigation worldwide for historic Route 66 was launched successfully. The app’s immediate success prompted the company to develop comprehensive services for tourists driving along Route 66 like a unique travel guide e-book available in 8 languages as well as the Route 66 Passport for collecting stamps while visiting attractive places along Route 66. If that sounds interesting to you, stay tuned for our giveaway at the end of the article! Of course, the pandemic – knocking global tourism to near zero – was a huge challenge for Touch Media. But instead of merely surviving, the company became the world’s largest operator of services for tourists traveling on Route 66. For the 2022/2023 season, they finally expect the return of tourists from all over the world – and are preparing by enhancing their Route 66 Navigation app with some major improvements, including Apple Car Play support. This is a big step in meeting customers’ needs, as they soon will be able to use the application comfortably on multimedia systems of rental cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

One of the many happy customers reviewed the app as follows: “If you are planning a trip to the US to do Route 66 don’t hesitate, just download this app. It will save you a massive amount of hassle. We have just returned from our road trip and the first 2 days were hell trying to follow the signs for Route 66. The signs would be well posted at first and then disappear leaving us to wonder if we were still on the route or had made a wrong turn. This app that was recommended by one of the attractions we visited was an absolute lifesaver. It took all the stress out of the rest of the journey and I am positive that we would have missed many of the attractions had we been trying to follow a map. Highly recommend”.

Offline navigation on a predetermined route has been the biggest challenge

When looking for a supplier of a suitable navigation SDK for the Route 66 Navigation app, there were two essential requirements: Navigation has to work offline and at the same time the user must be able to navigate a predetermined route. Marian Pavel, CEO of Touch Media, remembers: “With great surprise, we found that both of our requirements were a problem for several key navigation solution suppliers in 2017”. He then explains: “After discussions with various global suppliers of navigation solutions, we have concluded that HERE Technologies provides the most comprehensive portfolio of services and products that meet our requirements. Although sometimes integrating HERE solutions into our products is not entirely easy, it still provides solutions that we can customize the way we need to”. Touch Media is using HERE Navigate SDK available for iOS, Android and Flutter. The HERE Navigate SDK allows you to develop true offline navigation, downloading some regions or even a whole country. In the online mode, traffic services give you an overview of congestion and upcoming travel time. More information can be found in the comprehensive feature list.

For developing their Route 66 Navigation app, Touch Media uses a special tool – a tablet app in which they can define the navigation route in real-time and even modify it, for example, if one of its sections is closed. This internal tool communicates with the Route 66 Navigation application and therefore the route can be adjusted directly in the app at any time to respond to the current situation on the road. Another impressive feature of the app is that there are different variants of Route 66, just as its route has changed during history. Feedback from customers is highly appreciated to continuously improve the Route 66 Navigation app. For example, the goal for this year is to develop a combination of features to meet the specific requirements of the companies’ American customers.

Don’t miss important checkpoints – the application includes points of interest along the route

The application also contains another practical functionality for travelers which is truly unique. During navigation, the app displays push notifications on the screen as tourists approach certain points of interest, ensuring that they won’t miss any interesting places along Route 66. Moreover, the notification can be clicked for more details on the respective place. A functionality planned for next season will also allow tourists to choose with a filter which points of interest they want to see while driving along Route 66 and which they don’t want to visit.

Touch Media is being supported by MBI as one of the first global HERE Technologies Distributors. Marian Pavel, CEO of Touch Media, explains why the company chose MBI: “We greatly appreciate an active personal approach and flexibility in dealing with our requirements at MBI. In developing our application, we need a partner whom we can contact with questions and who is also helpful in solving any problems. We found that in MBI”.

If you caught the travel bug and want to visit Route 66, you can download the Route 66 Navigation iOS or Android app or visit the website for more information. Another endless source of information and exchange with fellow Route 66 enthusiasts is this Facebook group. For more information about the wide portfolio of data and location services provided through our HERE Technologies Distribution, please contact our Sales Team.

By signing up for our HERE Technologies Distribution Newsletter, you get the chance to win a package including a t-shirt, Route 66 Passport and Route 66 Navigation prepaid card as preparation for your own trip down Route 66! The closing date for entries is May 31, 2022.


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