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Disrupters in the transport industry

15 August, 2019

The issue

Things are happening in the transport industry and disruptorssuch as Omio are starting to leave their mark everywhere around London and other major cities in the world. This change is driven by society itself and the clearneed for rapid changewithin the travel industry to meet our requirements.

We want to travel smarter, cheaper and faster. Somehow life seems to be moving at a faster pace than before and we find ourselves requiring travel information while we are on the go. Many of us appreciate being able to accesstraffic information, train timetables or bus routes while we are deciding on which modes of transport is best suited to our needs.

Then there is the fact that the world is in dire need of alternatives to the means of transportation.We need alternatives which help to reduce our carbon footprint to transportation more sustainable.

The disruptors

Often we speak of ‘game changers’in the transport industry, but what does that really mean? The new disruptors in the travel industry include alternative modes of inner-city transport such as e-scooters or bikes, which encourage us to rethink how we can arrive to destination other than by flight, or taxi, both of which are not as sustainable.

Omio has built an appto compare travel options—not just air travel. Time is a precious commodity; this journey planner allows users toaccess travel information in their language, based on mode preference, in 36 countries— all in one app.  Other disruptors include bike sharing apps. Imagineneeding to go from point A to point B but the distance is too far for a walk, then a rental bike for instance is perfect. Without having thehassle of ownership, and once you have reached your destination, the next person in need of a bike can checkthe app and also benefit from this eco-friendly mode of transport.

The solution

Disruptors such as Omio are focused on making a shared economy work. By presenting userswith more sustainable solutions—such as the train or coach—challenge our current transportation preferences, these apps provideus with information on how to travel smarter, faster, or cheaper.  If we choose ground transport instead of flying, carbon footprints can be cut down— helping us to protect the environment with smarter travel.

By being able to access information as well as comparing different ways of travelling sustainably, it is possible to travel not only smarter, but faster too. Many of us constantly use our phones to do everything from checking our emails to posting on Instagram and staying intouch with friends and family. Why not also use this deviceto download apps which will make travellingeasier, with mobile tickets at your fingertips? The disruptors are here to stay and we should all make a point of using them.

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