According to an article in the German magazine Capital 26th of February 2018 there is a struggle taking place over who has the right to define what “local transport” means and what local transport should look like in the future.  This is a struggle that is taking place between Deutsche Bahn, local public transport authorities and the car producers. Ridesharing and carsharing, for instance, are now of interest to transport companies who are involved in providing these and other local public transport services.

So far we were used to the rule that up to the scheduled time it was still possible to jump into the train. From now on, the train will start rolling already, i.e. the doors have to be shut earlier. Something like this we see already in the short-distance transport of a German large city, it is allowed to depart already 30 seconds before scheduled departure time. We do not have to understand this, but it is the way it is. We simply need to know it.