Italy’s smart mobility is booming.
Twelve thousand cars, 3,000 scooters and 36 thousand bikes: these are the numbers for sharing mobility nowadays, for a total of 50 million rides in the current year, with an increase of 52% compared to 2018. Not to mention the new decree on micromobolity which promotes the use of electric scooters, hoverboards, segways, and monowheels.
Sharing mobility keeps growing in Italy. Sharing cars, motorbikes and bikes is attracting a growing number of users, allowing a further increase in the number of vehicles and new records of covered kilometers.
Behind the scenes of the bigger players, there's one that operated in the shadows until now. We’re talking about GreenVulcano (https://www.greenvulcano.com/), one of the most active R&D labs in the “hi-tech made in Italy” - with more than 100 employees and a solid, 20-year-old experience.
With offices in Rome, Milan, Naples, and Boston, it is GreenVulcano that gives an assessment of the Italian situation today, highlighting how the Italian sharing mobility revolution is taking place with numbers in line with the best global trends.
“Today, we have 12 thousand sharing cars, 3,000 scooters, and 36 thousand bikes, for a total of 50 million rides within the current year - 52% more than 2018 - with a portfolio increasingly becoming greener, thanks to the increment of electric vehicles (today, 48% of the total fleet) and to lighter and less bulky vehicles” the experts of GreenVulcano argue, who have worked in the field of innovation technology for more that 20 years, with a strong inclination to the world of system integration and IoT.
Rome, Milan, Turin, and Bologna have the best portfolio of vehicles available per inhabitant and number of rentals. While on the Islands, Cagliari and Palermo are on the rise. But the distribution of sharing mobility in Italy is not homogeneous yet.
GreenVulcano’s goal? “To bring in every Italian city a new, highly technological mobility, people-oriented and with a low environmental footprint” tells us Ciro Romano, co-founder and CEO of GreenVulcano.
On-demand cars, car sharing, bike sharing, cooperative mobility: it’s safe to say that the way we ride across the city is changing thanks to technologies made in Italy too.
Among GreenVulcano’s customers - for instance - there are global giants such as ALD Automotive, of the Société Générale Group, leader in the field of long-term rental in more than 42 countries. And so is The Hurry, in the same market segment.
Moreover, in other fields of mobility, GreenVulcano works with its algorithms with companies such as Octo Telematics - active in Italy too, but especially in the US - whose services, based on technologies specially made by GreenVulcano, are purchased by big insurance companies to assess the risks related to drivers, the insured’s profile, and the customization of third-party motor liability insurances.
“We also help truck drivers in 96 countries get safely back home every day” says the representatives of GreenVulcano. Indeed, among GreenVulcano’s customers there’s eDrivingSM, a leader in the field - especially in the US and the UK - whose mission is precisely to help more than a million truck drivers to decrease crashes and accidents.
The heart of the Artificial Intelligence system is called “Gaia”. It’s the latest evolution of the open-source enterprise service bus (ESB) GreenVulcano designed to go past the traditional approach of SOA architecture, towards a more innovative mindset in regards to enterprise application integration (EAI).
“In our latest version, we worked on the miniaturization of the product, so as to use it in cloud contexts on architectures and microservices as Docker and Kubernetes - the two most widespread tools for containerization - and to deploy Gaia ESB in the Edge stratum of IoT architectures” Mr. Romano explains.“However, there’s still much to do on Gaia’s roadmap. For instance, the availablity of a product such as ‘iPaas’, with a pay-per-use service model” concludes the chairperson.