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Shotl: Making public transport smarter, more sustainable

Spain · Jun 10, 2019· By Gareth Gardiner Jones

The Shotl founding team at 4YFN

The first on-demand European mass transit app, Shotl aims to revolutionize city transit

Everyone is familiar with Uber or their local version on-demand transportation apps, but the focus is limited to individual travel. Now, a Spanish startup is applying similar thinking to disrupt the public transport sector, using on-demand services to make municipal bus systems smarter while cutting costs and pollution. 

Barcelona-based Shotl has launched its on-demand service across continents, including in Battle Creek, Michigan, the US, and a slew of projects in Europe. Its projects are often aimed at those with reduced mobility: in Finland, Spain and Portugal, Shotl has introduced new on-demand bus services in city suburbs and small towns that previously lacked good public transportation connectivity to their nearest city centers.

CompassList interviewed Shotl's co-founder and Chief Communication Officer Gerard Martret at the recent 4YFN conference, where the company was presenting the latest version of its on-demand mobility platform for transport operators and municipalities.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

 

Q. Your family has a background in startups, especially within the transportation industry. How did you become involved in this sector?

Edited by Celine Lim

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