Berlin introduces mobility as a service

What We're Clicking On – March 15th, 2019

The city of Berlin is introducing a brand new Mobility as a Service (MaaS) app this summer. The application Jelbi will unite all private and public mobility options, ranging from bike sharing and taxis to carpooling and public transportation. Furthermore, the app lets you buy tickets on the platform, which makes switching between apps and payment methods unnecessary. Among others, Fast Company is paying attention to the new app. In its news article, managing director of the tech company behind the app explains how the app will benefit the city: If you understand as a city how people move and what kind of services they use, then you can also take the next step and, for example, incentivize certain modes of mobility, or start congestion charges, and so on. It’s one step in really going in the direction of being more emission-free.”

 

The smart speaker industry is on the upswing, according to a recent survey by Voicebot.ai and Voicify. Among others, Techcrunch and Venturebeat summarize the survey findings; the number of smart speaker owners reached 66.4 million in the U.S. and 133 million globally in 2019. This represents year-over-year growth of 39.8 percent. Furthermore, the number of smart speakers per household rose from one to two in the same time frame — about 40 percent of smart speaker owners say they have multiple devices. The growth in smart speakers is part of a larger trend toward voice computing and smart voice assistants — like Siri, Bixby and Google Assistant — which are often accessed on smartphones.

The full analysis is available on the website of Voicebot.ai, click here.