Siemens Mobility invests into French AI startup for smarter transportation

Siemens Mobility invests into French AI startup for smarter transportation

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The investment will enhance Siemens Mobility’s intelligent infrastructure portfolio focused on intermodal transportation, offering public transportation operators a first/last mile transportation solution that optimizes vehicle utilization at lower costs.

Siemens says it made a significant investment in Padam, without however detailing the amount. Padam’s white-label platform, Padam Live, is a software platform that is rebranded by public transportation operators to integrate microtransit services. It offers cities worldwide an advanced management system

Padam was founded in 2014. It operates as a software as a service (SaaS) organization, which offers public transportation companies and municipalitiues the opportunity to cater the software to their needs. Currently, cities in France and the United Kingdom, such as Orleans and Bristol, are actively using Padam’s solutions. With the new setup, Siemens Mobility and Padam believe to be better positioned to be the first-choice partner for demand-responsive public transportation operators.

“The investment in Padam represents our commitment to offering digital solutions that increase access to transportation information and a better passenger experience. Through intelligent traffic solutions, ticketing and time-table integration with Padam’s software, we will be able to offer expanded first/last mile transportation options. Together, Siemens Mobility and Padam will enable public transport operators to offer passengers a holistic and convenient commute from door-to-door,” stated Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility.

Padam’s technology is said to support operators and authorities to develop microtransit services in different contexts, reflecting population, cost of operation, time constraints, congestion levels and efficiency of routes. Padam’s software solutions also prepare for autonomous traffic in the future by filling the first/last mile gap. The solutions offered by Siemens Mobility will complement Padam’s offerings, integrating access to public mass transit information.

Siemens Mobility’s vision is to provide easy and seamless use of various forms of public and private transport from a single source: bus, train, car sharing and more – according to the needs of the passengers and the city’s transport landscape.

The investment in Padam is the latest example of its commitment to this vision, which was preceded by investments in HaCon and Bytemark, who also offer intermodal transportation solutions. Siemens Mobility’s approach of providing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) through software that increases accessibility to public transport will be enhanced by Padam’s ability to integrate microtransit, enhancing the offerings that fill the first/last mile gap.

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