Toyota Kinto app

Kinto, the mobility brand for global car maker Toyota, has launched a new app-based service that will give thousands of people access to journey planning and booking while helping to support the mobility of those with disabilities.

Named DerbyGo (by Kinto) the app will initially be used in an 18-month trial starting in October and will focus on rail and bus services in Derby, being rolled out to students and staff at the city’s university and college.

According to Kinto, the app will provide real-time route information and enable ticket booking and payments, with the arrival of 10,000 new students to the city for the new academic year helping to aid the app’s development and uptake..

The app will serve as a research and development element of Derby’s live lab approach to its Future Transport Zone programme, which has been supported with £500,000 of government funding.

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According to Kinto, the app will be developed to monitor parking availability and move to additional transport services, including taxis, with plans to accommodate car sharing, rental bikes and other micro-mobility services such as e-bike schemes from spring 2022.

The firm says the app will reduce the number of car journeys being made, improving air quality, easing congestion and reducing the city’s carbon emissions.

Richard Balshaw, Kinto UK Group Vice President, commented: “Today is an exciting first step in helping deliver better mobility for all.

“With the enthusiasm and vision of Derby City Council, University of Derby and Derby College, we are able to launch DerbyGo (by Kinto) and develop a wealth of mobility services to encourage and enable easier and more efficient journeys.

“Constant monitoring of performance will help plan better transport and parking provisions, bringing associated benefits of better traffic flow and less vehicle pollution.”

Chris Poulter, leader of Derby City Council, said: “DerbyGo will change the way people travel around the city, encouraging and allowing more flexible and efficient journeys, which will contribute to creating a greener environment.”

“For too long, disabled people have faced barriers going places,” said Matt Pierri, CEO of Sociability.

“We’re excited to work closely with Kinto, Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby College and FOD Mobility Group to deliver our shared vision of a world in which disabled people, of all types of disability, can move around with ease, comfort and peace of mind.”

The news comes after Coventry University recently announced a collaboration with national disability charity Motability to recruit a number of doctoral candidates to undertake research into accessible transport.

According to Coventry University, research has shown poor transport design causes reduced economic opportunities, social exclusion, a reduced quality of life, and other negative impacts for disabled people.

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