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Evian to Help Travellers Beat the Underground Heat in 3 Year Deal with TfL

Evian has inked a three-year deal with Transport for London to give flustered travellers on the London Underground free bottles of water during the warm summer months.
The brand has offered 250,000 bottles of Evian water to TfL to hand out at some of the busiest stations this summer, as the network pushes its ongoing Beat the Heat and Travel Better London campaigns.
The campaigns aims to raise awareness of how passengers can help to reduce delays by making small changes to their travel habits.
Sophie Brooks, Evian senior brand manager, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Tfl to give overheated commuters some Live Young refreshment. It is really important to stay hydrated during the hot weather so it is great to have the chance to help Londoners keep cool.”
Phil Hufton, London Underground’s chief operating officer, said it was “grateful to Danone [owner of the Evian brand] for supplying customers with water” while it works towards its 2016 target of having 40 per cent of the network served by air conditioned trains.
Via: The Drum

Clever Volkswagen Ads Show You Can’t Look at Two Places at Once

To deter drivers from ‘text-driving’, Volkswagen—with the help of German advertising agency Grabarz Partner—has created a series of clever print ads.
Each ad features two tiny images that are widely separated by a line of text, which says “Try looking at both at the same time”.
Viewers would find it difficult to focus on both images, highlighting the message that Volkswagen hopes to bring across—that it’s impossible to focus on the road while texting.
Via: Design Taxi 

Moscow Introduces New Age Transportation with Futuristic Trams

Russia-based research and production company Uralvagonzavodhas unveiled their highly futuristic trams at the Innoprom-2014.
Called the ‘Russia One’ or ‘R1’, the tram can run for 50 kilometers on batteries alone. This innovative tram also has an overhanging cabin nose that gives the driver a 30% wider view around that can minimize road accidents.
Its interior is modern and stylish as well, with the capacity to carry 190-270 passengers at one time, depending on its configuration.
Despite its sleek exterior, the construction of the tram is cost-efficient, with the body made of composition materials and Russia-made bogies—the vital area where wheels meet rails, that are significantly cheaper.
Via: Design Taxi

Play the Game with Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines, the official sponsor of the Euroleague Basketball, developed a great Innovate campaign together with IGPDecaux offering people the chance to win a trip to Istanbul.
From the 12th to the 18th of May, a fully wrapped tram filled entirely with basketballs traveled around the busy city center of Milan. A message on the outside of the tram invited people to guess how many basketballs were inside the tram, to have a chance to win a trip to Istanbul. Almost 5,000 people submitted their guess on the dedicated website.
On the last day of the campaign, the tram stopped at Cathedral Square, one of the most famous and busy places in Milan. All the basketballs were given away to passers-by creating a great stir in the area. Near the square, Turkish Airlines also organised a drop-in street basketball event which people could watch or choose to join in.
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Via: JCDecaux One World

The Non-Violence Bus

In recent years violence in Mexico has increased considerably (drug trafficking, kidnapping etc.). The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit NGO that fights violence through education.
The idea was to build a bus; half prison-bus, half school bus with the message: “Violence ends when education begins”. With the help of kids and prisoners (actors), the bus was parked outside schools and drove around Mexico City interacting with the target audience.
Via: Ads of the World

More Digital Ads Coming to the Top of London Black Cabs

BrightMove Media has announced plans to extend its London taxi network to 700 digital screens on top of 350 black cabs in the capital.
The rollout of the technology will begin in September, culminating in the introduction of 400 new screens by the 1 October 2014, with a total of 700 screens being introduced by the end of the year.
The top of cab service offers real-time, geo-targeted digital advertising. The latest GPS positioning technology enables brands to target specific groups of people at different times of the day – for example, “up-market shoppers” or “evening commuters”.
The network is backed by a centralised media platform that allows real-time monitoring of the network, and enables campaign management and detailed reporting for brands.
BrightMove’s moving media platform is the only Transport for London-approved product of its kind currently on the road.
Since its launch in June 2013, BrightMove Media has run more than 20 campaigns, and displayed more than 50 million ads, for a range of London-based brands, including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Billy Elliot’, Pepsi, Cadbury, MasterCard and Hotel Tonight.
BrightMove Media also reaches geographic areas that other out-of-home platforms cannot reach, such as the City of London.
Via: Brand Republic

Lego Bus Stop Made of 100,000 Bricks Marks London's Year of the Bus

A new bus stop made entirely out of Lego could put the fun back into the daily commute.
The model, which was built by toy store Hamley’s outside its Regent Street store with more than 100,000 bricks, is currently being used as a real stop for nine routes.
It was created to mark Transport for London (TfL) Year of the Bus, which celebrates 100 years since London buses were sent to the Western Front in WW1, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Routemaster.
A TfL spokesman said the Lego stop, which is due to be taken down on July 15, could be retained in the long-term if it is not “tampered” with.
Via: London Evening Standard

In Japan, Passengers Can Pay for Train Rides with Kit Kat Packaging

If you are traveling by train in Northern Japan, you can literally pay your train fare by using the packaging of chocolate wafer bar Kit Kat.

The initiative is part of confectionery brand Nestlé’s innovative efforts to breathe new life into the tourism of the Sanriku region, which was ravaged by a tsunami and earthquake three years ago.
A first for a Japanese rail company, train travelers of the Sanriku Railway network can purchase the special packs of KitKat at a cheaper cost than standard train tickets.
In line with the reconstruction endeavor, Kit Kat has also adorned two trains and two train stations with cherry blossoms paintings symbolizing hope.
Set to launch in Japan this month, the KitKat train tickets will be valid till May 2015.

Old Street EC1 Launches

At a Technology Briefing held for clients and agencies, JCDecaux outlined its vision for ‘Old Street EC1’, a media location owned by Transport for London (TfL). The vision includes a partnership with Tech City UK to enable startup companies to access the newly digitised Old Street Roundabout.
Repositioned as ‘Old Street EC1’, this site will comprise four digital screens and will go live in October 2014. Under the agreement with Tech City UK, JCDecaux will run content from selected digital startups in the area, promoting the future business leaders of tomorrow.
This development supports TfL’s plans to secure income for investment in London’s transport network as part of a wider commercial strategy. It follows the introduction of pop-up shops at Old Street bringing a variety of new and innovative retailers to the station.
Working with Brand Republic, JCDecaux has launched an online Tech Hub to focus on the EC1 area.
Via: JCDecaux

Nescafe Keeps Sleepy Drivers Alert in Mexico

People in Mexico are often half asleep when they have to go to work early in the morning and sometimes miss red lights. In order to combat this, Nescafé synchronised a 6-sheet with some traffic lights overhead. The 6-sheet illuminated the road green, orange or red, making the traffic lights much more obvious to bleary-eyed drivers.
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Via: Ads of the World