FIRST ROLLED out in May 2020, the on-demand shuttle (ODS) system of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and SWAT Mobility continues the “effort to address the demand for safe and reliable mobility of the workforce,” particularly during this time with pandemic concerns and public transportation capacity limitations.

The system aims to provide safe, comfortable, and reliable shuttle services to companies for their employees’ daily commute to and from work. Through a mobile booking application called SWATBiz, the system automates route preparation and streamlines the seat booking process, eliminating manual arrangement of shuttle destination points. The app also helps operators monitor the shuttle vehicles through its real-time tracking system which optimizes asset management at the same time.

TMP said the system can be tailored to more keenly meet specific needs of passengers. Routing can be dynamic or fixed. Dynamic routing is more appropriate for arrangements where work schedules constantly change, ridership count in the vehicles varies, and where close-to-door pickup and drop-off points are preferred. Fixed routing, on the other hand, suits fixed work schedules, pre-defined routes, and shared drop-off points. TMP added, “With (the) ODS system, on-demand mobility gets taken care of as the simplified shuttle service management provided by the system improves work efficiency and ultimately optimizes operating costs.”

For more information, e-mail OnDemand.Helpdesk@toyota.com.ph.