By Stewart Townsend on Jul 27, 2009
Getting quickly and easily from A to B has become indispensable in today’s mobile world. However, travel planning is often time-consuming, tedious and does rarely pay attention to CO2 emissions. routeRANK chairman Jochen Mundiger decided to address this problem and his start-up now offers an innovative solution for travel planning.
With the routeRANK travel search engine, people do no longer have to search individually on a multitude of websites and compare different flight, train or car journeys in order to find the best route. They can simply type in their departure/destination location and the date and, in a single search, routeRANK finds and ranks the best possible travel routes by integrating rail, road and air connections from multiple stations and airports in their locations. Users can sort these results according to their priorities such as price, travel time and CO2 emissions.
Once people have found their ideal travel route, they can book their tickets directly with the corresponding travel providers by following the link “Buy tickets”.
However, routeRANK does not only help people with finding the best travel route more quickly and easily, but also addresses the need to reduce CO2 emissions. People are often not aware of the amount of CO2 emissions they produce through their journeys. Therefore, for each connection found, the Swiss start-up’s web application calculates CO2 emissions and makes environmentally conscious travel possible.
The current focus is on European travel; however airports and flight connections outside Europe are already integrated into the platform.
For an example, click here for the website of search results for a trip from Bern to Berlin:
In addition to this public version on www.routerank.com, routeRANK also offers custom developed versions of its software to corporate customers and organizations, for their internal use or use on their own website, with applications in both travel and logistics. For example, see the Travel Helper developed for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the Nokia Green Explorer at:
The B2B versions differ from the public version regarding the features the client wishes to integrate. The WWF Travel Helper does for example not show the prices of journeys, but focuses on CO2 emissions and lets people offset their carbon footprint.
We hope routeRANK will make travel planning easier and help to reduce CO2 emissions.