Urban Mobility Global News

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23 March 2020

Lilium completes funding round worth more than $240 million

The new funds bring the total sum raised to date to more than $340m. They will be used to support further development of the Lilium Jet as well as underpinning preparations for serial production in Lilium’s newly-completed manufacturing facilities.

11 February 2020

Vulog and Citymapper enhance shared mobility offer in the ultimate Mobility-as-a-Service application

Citymapper and Vulog are integrating their platforms so that users can easily access the vehicles of Vulog clients, including large fleets of electric cars, mopeds, kick-scooters and mixed schemes.

Vulog expects for this initiative to facilitate the continuous growth of their clients’ business by giving Citymapper users in 41 different cities access to their services.

21 January 2020

Toyota launches Kinto mobility brand in Europe

Kinto bundles together services Toyota already operates or has tested in Europe into four categories: leasing, short-term rentals, car pooling and subscription services.

Kinto One renames Toyota’s fleet leasing operations and looks to expand the company’s full servicing lease package, which it currently offers in Spain, France, Italy and the UK.

15 January 2020

Toyota and Joby Aviation are Flying to New Heights Together

“Air transportation has been a long-term goal for Toyota, and while we continue our work in the automobile business, this agreement sets our sights to the sky,” said Toyota Motor Corporation President and CEO Akio Toyoda.

As the lead investor in Joby’s $590M Series C financing, Toyota is continuing to leverage emerging technologies to provide “Mobility for All.” In addition to investing $394M in Joby, Toyota will share its expertise in manufacturing, quality and cost controls for the development and production of Joby Aviation’s breakthrough eVTOL aircraft.

14 January 2020

Hyundai becomes first major partner for Uber Elevate and aerial ridesharing

Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative and brings with it some serious automotive-scale manufacturing capability as well as a track record of mass-producing electric vehicles – both of which will be integral to getting an aerial ride share network off the ground.

Hyundai’s new S-A1 model Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) uses electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and is designed for a cruising speed of up to 290 km/h (180 miles/h) at a cruising altitude of around 1,000 to 2,000 feet above ground.

The S-A1 will be able to fly trips of up to 100 kilometres, powered 100% by an electric engine using distributed electric propulsion which will, in turn, only require about five to seven minutes for recharging.

9 January 2020

Moovit and Cubic partner to enable commuters to plan multimodal trips, and pay for them too, via one app

Together, Moovit and Cubic will co-develop mobile apps that empower riders to plan multimodal journeys, and book pay for them from a single platform.

7 January 2020

Sony reveals electric car prototype as CEO dubs mobility the next ‘mega trend’

The car comes under the umbrella of Sony’s new Vision-S initiative, which is focused on mobility.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade,” he said. “I believe the next mega-trend will be mobility,” he added.

28 December 2019

How Bike Lanes Are Transforming Paris

“In one year, bike use in the French capital is up 54 percent,” said François Picard, the host of “The Debate” on France 24, citing a road survey conducted by the mayor’s office.

Paris and its suburbs—bicyclists now take 840,000 trips per day, according to a recent study, surpassing motorcycles and scooters. Car trips remain much higher at 14.8 million but have dropped 5 percent since 2010.

9 December 2019

Singapore’s Neuron Mobility raises $18.5M to bring its electric scooters to more international markets

Neuron Mobility, which began its journey in Singapore, operates an eponymous e-scooter rental platform. In recent years and quarters, Neuron has expanded to cities in Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

4 December 2019

Toyota leads $50 million investment in autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility

May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup that is operating autonomous shuttle services in three U.S. cities, has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota and May Mobility didn’t share specifics about what this partnership will lead to. But it will likely pair the startup’s autonomous vehicle technology with the Toyota e-Palette, a platform the automaker unveiled in 2018 at CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas.

3 December 2019

Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group inaugurate ‘StarRides’ Premium Ride-Hailing Service in Hangzhou

The 50-50 joint venture between Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group is based in Hangzhou, where services will be launched with a fleet of 100 vehicles including Mercedes-Benz S-Class, E-Class and V-Class vehicles. StarRides will expand to other major cities in China starting in 2020.

25 November 2019

ARC Europe & HERE Mobility Join Forces to Pilot MaaS Solutions in Smart Roadside Assistance Services

Anticipating future customer demand for the digitalization of mobility services, ARC Europe and HERE Mobility are partnering to offer Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions in the context of roadside assistance.

The HERE Mobility Marketplace is a global and open platform that aggregates all transportation options in real time, including taxis, private hires, and public transport worldwide. Through the HERE Mobility Marketplace, ARC Europe can provide smooth and reliable end-to-end transportation services to their customers, managing all customer requests via a single, streamlined dashboard.

19 November 2019

OjO Electric Announces Transformational Transaction to Acquire Gotcha Mobility

The Acquisition is the first step in OjO’s accretive capital deployment and consolidation strategy in the micro-mobility sector.

The combined OjO-Gotcha footprint and pipeline provide a substantial near-term growth opportunity and positions OjO as the leading industry consolidator.

8 November 2019

World’s First Mobility-as-a-service Operator MaaS Global Completes €29.5M Funding Round

MaaS Global’s new investors include BP Ventures, Mitsui Fudosan, Mitsubishi Corporation and Nordic Ninja, raising the company’s total funding to €53.7M

29 October 2019

Booking.com launches ride-hailing service through Grab tie-up

Online travel platform Booking.com has launched an on-demand ride-hailing service through a partnership with Grab.

Users  will be able to book Grab rides from within the Booking.com app and also make cashless payments in their own currency.

The service launches today in Singapore and will be available in Indonesia and Thailand by the end of the year. It will launch in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines in 2020.

23 October 2019

Penske Dash selects Ridecell as technology partner to power new carsharing service

Ridecell’s solution includes the consumer-facing mobile application, payment processing, real-time parking information and predictive analytics for fleet operations and maintenance.

17 October 2019

Sixt ignites the next level of “Mobility as a Service”

Corporate customers can now book their journey by public transport via Sixt. A new app will also help users plan and bill their trips.

The pilot project, which is being conducted in cooperation with numerous companies in Western Europe, aims to support the transformation from firm corporate fleets to a much more flexible use of vehicles. For this purpose, groups of 300 to 400 drivers will exchange their service vehicle for three to six months against the mobility budget MaaS.

Article in German

14 October 2019

Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $34.6 billion in mobility tech by 2025

Hyundai Motor Group said it plans to invest 41 trillion won ($34.6 billion) in mobility and other auto technologies by 2025, part of which will be directed to an ambitious effort to become more competitive in self-driving cars that has also received government backing.

9 October 2019

Renault creates mobility division: Renault Mobility as an Industry (MAI)

To anticipate and support the deep changes in lifestyles and consumption patterns, Groupe Renault has been involved in new mobility services for the past four years by developing car services with or without drivers (Renault MOBILITY, Zity in Madrid, Moov’in.Paris, Marcel) and by making highly targeted acquisitions and equity investments in various start-ups specialized in this field (Karhoo, Yuso, Como, iCabbi, Glide).

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