Silver Mobility: First experimentation in France of mobility services offer in private residences for autonomous seniors


Caisse des Dépôts, its subsidiaries Transdev and Icade and newly created startup company, La Rochelle-based Automobilité, are running France’s first experimental combined and adapted mobility offers (electric vehicles and transportation on demand) for senior residents of the Etablissements d’Hébergement pour Personnes Agées Autonomes (EHPA). Caisse des Dépôts’ incubator for innovative projects, Lab CDC, is leading the initiative.

Automobilité and Transdev are making available to EHPA their respective offers of open access and car sharing electric vehicles, on demand fitted mini-buses with driver and coaches. Two La Rochelle senior residences, Villa Royale and Villa Oceane, are partners in the experiment for the new complementary services to help preventing isolation situations, breakdown of social ties and dependence.

Access to adapted transportation for elderly is one of the principal challenges to meet their daily travel needs with full autonomy and to maintain social ties. This question is particularly relevant in France, in which the number of people of 60 and over will increase to 20 million people by 2030, compared with 15 million today (1).

This experimental project was selected in July 2014 by Caisse des Dépôts through its innovative projects incubation program. Founded in 2013, the Lab CDC works through a pragmatic approach with targeted resources to rapidly test (nine months) innovative high societal value services with future customers and users. Based on the results obtained in this experiment, the tested services may lead to their wide implementation.

(1) Figures from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights.

About Automobilité

Automobilité is a specialist in sustainable mobility that provides expertise in consulting and implementing “turnkey” solutions to promote the mobility of seniors. In particular, it is developing within EHPA (Etablissements d’Hébergement pour Personnes Agées Autonomes) a free access and car sharing electric vehicle service offer.

About Caisse des Dépôts

Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries are a public group and long-term investor serving the public interest and promoting regional economic development. Its mission was reaffirmed by the law of August 4, 2008 on the modernization of the economy. With acknowledged mandate management expertise, the Group focuses on four priority areas, promoting jobs, industrial growth and innovation: business development, the energy and environmental transition, housing, infrastructure and sustainable mobility.

About Transdev

A subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts and Veolia Environnement, Transdev is one of the world’s leading public transportation companies. Transdev advises and assists local authorities, from pre-project to daily operations of public transit systems to project management. With 86,000 employees in 20 countries, the company operates 48,000 vehicles and 23 light rail networks. Transdev generated revenues of 6.6 billion euros in 2013.

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