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23 March 2020
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
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
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
“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 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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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14 October 2019
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
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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