Transportation Dedicated To The Elderly and Sick - Germany
Based on publicly available information sourced from German government websites, well-known international organizations, research and intelligence companies, media sources, transportation company databases and industry sources, your research team identified ways the German government has made public transport accessible to elderly and sick people in Germany, as well as a pilot autonomous minibus project in the country that has yet to be fully realized. Below you will find an outline of our research methodology to better understand why information about transportation aimed solely at elderly and sick people in Germany is not publicly available, as well as a deep dive into our findings.
The following three strategies were employed to try to find information about transportation that is solely dedicated to elderly and sick people in Germany.
First, we searched for pre-compiled information using government websites, such as the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and The Federal Association of Senior Citizens Organizations (BAGSO). Our goal was to find a pre-compiled list of available transportation services for elderly and sick people in Germany. Although information about the elderly population in Germany was available, information relating directly to this request was not.
Second, we consulted research on senior citizens in Germany from well-known international organizations, such as the European Union and the American Association of Retired Persons, research and intelligence companies, such as McKinsey, Euromonitor, Accenture and Deloitte, and German media sources, such as Deutsche Welle, Bild and Die Zeit. Our goal was to find any report or study with information on emergency transportation or transport for elderly people, in the hope that they might reference transportation services for elderly or sick people in Germany. Although some reports and articles mentioned the elderly population in Germany, the information did not match the scope of this request.
Third, we searched company databases, such as Europages and the European Business Register, and other industry sources, such as Visit Berlin, German Way and thelocal.de for relevant companies in Germany that offer transportation services solely for elderly people or have additional transportation services for elderly and sick people alongside their main services. Unfortunately, results mostly included taxi services, which are not within the scope of this request. However, information was obtained about pilot projects to enhance the mobility of elderly people in Berlin and throughout Germany, and this is elaborated on further below, along with information about some legal obstacles that may be in their way.
Despite Germany being known for inventing automobiles and motorways, public transportation is still king in the country, with an excellent transport infrastructure that allows people to travel to wide-reaching destinations. The German government encourages people, especially elderly people, to use public transportation by making it accessible to everyone. The German S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams and local buses are almost 100% BarrierFree compliant and accessible to elderly people and people using wheelchairs thanks to features like ramps for wheelchair accessibility and dedicated spaces for elderly people.
However, according to Marco Rutter, Mayor of Petershagen-Eggersdorf in the rural area of the Eastern German state of Brandenburg, increased traffic due to massive population growth has made elderly people insecure about driving their own cars. One particular solution to this is the autonomous, all-electric minibus, like that launched by the German railway giant Deutsche Bahn. A number of similar pilot projects have been launched across Germany, including in Birnbach in Bavaria, Hamburg and Berlin.
Despite this apparent solution, current German laws dating back to the 1960s have become an obstacle to implementing these kinds of mobility solutions due to the concerns of taxi companies and bus operators and complaints about violated competition rules.
Due to the lack of information from German government websites, well-known international organizations, research and intelligence companies, media sources, transportation company databases and industry sources, we conclude that no further transportation companies can be found that are solely dedicated to elderly and sick people in Germany. This may be because there is still no publicly available information about these kinds of transportation services in Germany, as well as due to the legal obstacles that appear to be blocking their implementation in the country. As such, we have not been able to add any further examples to the spreadsheet.