Urban Mobility Global News

The PTOLEMUS research team is tracking important developments in Urban Mobility on a daily basis, take a look to see what the latest news is in mobility.

19 May 2020


From May 20th, a fleet of 500 100% electric Renault ZOE cars is available to Parisians on a self-service basis. The launch of this service, announced in March and suspended due to containment measures, is being carried out in accordance with the recommendations defined in the national sanitary protocol for exiting containment defined by the Ministry of Transport.

ZITY is a car-sharing service in free-floating with 800 Renault ZOE in Madrid, Spain within the framework of a jointventure between Renault and Ferrovial, launched in December 2017.

18 May 2020

Flemish Minister announces €2.2 billion mobility investment in 2020

The Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters, has announced that no less than €2.2 billion will be provided in 2020 to boost infrastructure and mobility across Belgium.

13 May 2020

VanMoof attracts $13.5m investment from Balderton and SINBON

VanMoof, the Dutch e-bike meets tech scale-up, announced a total €12.5 million ($13.5 million) investment from one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms Balderton Capital and assembly partner SINBON Electronics.

With social distancing the new reality, demand for high quality e-bikes is on the rise. Bikes are seen as an increasingly dependable mobility option compared to public transport.

5 May 2020

SkedGo launches occupancy feature and COVID-19 alerts for public transport confidence

The feature allows passengers to choose quieter routes and carriages, or switch to alternative forms of transport to maintain social distancing, such as cycling or e-scooters. The occupancy feature has been trialled using open source data from Transport for New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and can be rolled out worldwide, depending on data availability.

4 May 2020

Intel Acquires Moovit to Accelerate Mobileye’s Mobility-as-a-Service Offering

Intel Corporation today announced it has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions company, for approximately $900 million ($840 million net of Intel Capital equity gain). Moovit is known for its urban mobility application that offers travelers around the world the best multimodal trip planning by combining public transportation, bicycle and scooter services, ride-hailing, and car-sharing. The addition of Moovit brings Intel’s Mobileye closer to achieving its plan to become a complete mobility provider, including robotaxi services, which is forecast to be an estimated $160 billion opportunity by 2030.

Moovit has established its leadership in the MaaS space with more than 800 million users and services in 3,100 cities across 102 countries. Today, Mobileye is the leading automotive solutions partner that enables advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) deployed on nearly 60 million vehicles with more than 25 automaker partners.

21 April 2020

GM shuts down car-sharing service Maven

It joins a small but growing list of car-sharing services from automakers and other companies that have struggled or otherwise fully shut down in North America.

“After critically looking at our business, the industry, and what’s going on with COVID-19, we have made the tough but necessary decision to wind down our business,” the company explained in an email to Maven customers sent on Tuesday.

Originally designed to be a competitor to the Zipcars and Car2Gos of the world, GM expanded Maven in 2018 to allow car owners to share their vehicles on the service as well, similar to services like Turo or Getaround. At its peak, Maven was available in 17 cities across the US.

16 April 2020

BlaBlaCar launches BlaBlaHelp

Following an internal hackathon dedicated to finding solutions to the Covid-19 crisis, BlaBlaCar is launching BlaBlaHelp, the BlaBlaCar community app to support each other with grocery shopping during COVID-19. The service is free of charge.

The app allows its users to find trusted helpers or offer their help to neighbors. In France alone, BlaBlaHelp has the potential to allow 17 million people to support each other.

30 March 2020

Via raises Series E financing to expand access to efficient, sustainable, and equitable public mobility across the globe

Via, the company that provides digital infrastructure to power public mobility in cities around the world, announces today that it has raised a Series E financing led by EXOR. The financing values the company at $2.25B and will enable Via to advance its vision of efficient, accessible, and equitable public mobility.

Leading Via’s Series E financing, EXOR will invest $200M in the company, and Noam Ohana ­— head of EXOR Seeds, the early stage investment arm of EXOR — will join Via’s Board of Directors.

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

18 October 2019

EHang Announces Strategic Partnership with Vodafone to Collaborate on Urban Air Mobility

Under the agreement, Vodafone will become EHang’s exclusive partner to provide connectivity to all EHang AAVs operating in Europe by equipping them with Vodafone SIM cards. EHang will become Vodafone’s exclusive UAM partner.

Through the Vodafone network, individual passenger and logistics AAVs will be able to communicate with the command-and-control centers that regulate their operations as well as with each other, enabling safer and more efficient transportation through urban air space.

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.

14 October 2019

Cubic and Google Pay Enable Transit Cards for Android Phones

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division signed an agreement with Google to integrate contactless transit cards with Google Pay, making it fast and easy for travelers to use their mobile phones to pay for their journeys.

Passengers can add transit cards to Google Pay, securely reload funds and purchase tickets directly from their mobile device – eliminating the need for a physical transit card. The technology provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for travelers to access real-time schedules for trip planning, a simplified way to purchase and select the right fare as well as real-time notifications and alerts.

10 October 2019

Porsche and Boeing to Partner on Premium Urban Air Mobility Market

Boeing, Porsche and Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing, are developing a concept for a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.

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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