Every day there are around 750,000 commuters in the Stuttgart region; 205,000 cars enter Stuttgart each day while approximately 58,000 commuters drive from Stuttgart to the surrounding region. On average there are 1.3 people in each car. The Pendlernetz Stuttgart car-pooling system offers all commuters a chance to find an appropriate car pool, enabling them to travel to work in a more relaxed and environmentally friendly way.
The Pendlernetz Stuttgart car-pooling system, which is able to organise door-to-door car pools, is operated by Stuttgart Mobility Centre and was developed in the framework of the EC ISCOM project (Information Systems for Combined Mobility Management in Urban and Regional Areas). It was created in order to improve the mobility of all citizens and visitors to the city and the Stuttgart region. Innovative features of the system included communication on potential car pools via mobile phone text messages to users; geographically referenced route mapping; and automatic transfer to the public transport information system to help people find alternative options in the event that no suitable car-pool match is found.
During the CIVITAS CARAVEL project, the aim was to:
- improve mobility by promoting the Pendlernetz Stuttgart service among visitors to major events, with the aim of increasing occupancy rates in cars;
- develop alternatives to conventional transport modes by integrating information management systems and promoting intermodality; and
- reduce congestion, fuel consumption and emissions.