City of Oslo awards Voi with another season in Europe’s capital of e-scooters

Feb 28, 2023

Last season, Voi was the only micromobility operator present in all three of Norway’s major cities: Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Today, we are beyond proud that the City of Oslo has announced that Voi is one of three operators that get to continue providing shared micromobility services in the Norwegian capital for another season.

With four years of experience in the capital, we have developed local knowledge and competence that will serve the citizens of Oslo well now that high season is about to begin. Alongside Lime and Ryde we are excited to continue offering a thrilling and car-free way to move around town.

We know this city, we know our users, and we know the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry. Being awarded this contract is a testament to our commitment to providing a safe, sustainable and accessible transportation solution, but it’s also a vote of confidence from the City of Oslo. We will continue our efforts for a safer and healthier urban environment with less pollution, less noise and less stress, and we will do so in close collaboration with the city” said Christina Moe Gjerde, Regional General Manager Nordics & Benelux at Voi.

The future is shared and data-driven

As a part of Voi’s service in Oslo, the municipality gains insight into large amounts of data every month. This provides detailed information such as how supply and demand fluctuate throughout the day, and thanks to AI technology we can provide a good overview of where in the city pavement riding occurs more often. Moe Gjerde hopes that this data sharing can shape the development of future micromobility tenders:

There is no doubt that shared electric vehicles should be regulated in Oslo, but we believe that the guidelines and restrictions stated in the tender need to become more data-driven. By opening up for a more data-driven approach to eg fleet caps, we can ensure that there are enough electric scooters available – where they are needed when they are needed. As of today, there are 8,000 electric scooters available on the streets of Oslo, although the need can sometimes be twice that.

The continued use of AI and camera technology could also contribute to an even better development of the cycle infrastructure in Oslo. Based on analysis of more than 20,000 e-scooter rides in last year’s high-season, we have been able to build a map that shows where Voi scooters are being used on the road, in the bike lane and on the pavement. In addition, the recent integration with Oslo’s public transport authority Ruter will provide valuable insight into the travel habits of Oslo citizens.

The Ruter integration makes it easy to combine public transport with micromobility, and our data combined with Ruter’s travel data provides a unique picture of travel habits. Not only where people travel to and from, but also detailed insight into which infrastructure they use. We believe these insights can be of great value and help the City of Oslo make informed decisions about where to remove more car parking spaces and make more room for cycle paths and an ever-improving public transport service” concludes Moe Gjerde.

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