Business, Cities

Turkey: An emerging market bursting with opportunity for shared mobility

New article written in collaboration with fluctuo. This week we are exploring the unique Turkish shared mobility market. Constantinople embodied the dreams of the ancient Ottoman civilisation, and was the gateway to Europe. Today, however, Istanbul – and Turkey in general – remains a distant and largely unexplored destination for most stakeholders in the shared …

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Business, Cities

Turkey: An emerging market bursting with opportunity for shared mobility

New article written in collaboration with fluctuo. This week we are exploring the unique Turkish shared mobility market. Constantinople embodied the dreams of the ancient Ottoman civilisation, and was the gateway to Europe. Today, however, Istanbul – and Turkey in general – remains a distant and largely unexplored destination for most stakeholders in the shared …

Technology

👀 Eyes for scooters

New article of the fluctuo‘s series: the potential of computer vision in the shared electric mobility industry. Since the early days of scooter-sharing, back in 2018, the industry has significantly matured to cater to the needs of cities worldwide. Gone are the days of launching in new territories with scooters fit for the consumer market: …

Business

The bike is back!

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a massive boom in electric bikes (e-bikes). Throughout Europe or in the US, e-bike sales exploded to unprecedented levels. The shift has been massively supported by local authorities that were happy to find a straightforward commuting alternative for their citizens that respects social distancing. Through the large-scale adoption of financing schemes, or the …

Business

How energy suppliers could benefit from shared electric mobility in 2022

A unique chance for energy actors to catch a piece of this fast-growing 500 billion USD market. This article has been produces in partnership with ElectricFeel, the Venture Builder for Shared Mobility Services. It has initially been published on their blog. The Energy and Transportation industries are closely interconnected, and both are therefore facing the …

Business, Technology

How to feed a hungry scooter

New article of the fluctuo‘s series: the challenges and evolution of battery charging in the shared electric mobility industry. As in nature, the small evolve the fastest. Micromobility vehicles are no exception and have improved at a fast pace since the boom of shared micromobility services in 2018. And we are not only talking about …

Business

Smooth operators: When suppliers launch their own mobility services

Many shared mobility operators launch with off-the-shelf solutions only to start internally designing their own vehicles, IOT devices or fleet management software down the track. But it’s rarer to see B2B suppliers becoming operators. Whether they are hardware, IoT or software providers, a handful of them have decided to take the plunge and start shared …

Cities

Scooter jam on La Cannebière, Marseille

Shared scooters arrived in Marseille (FR) on January 2019, when Lime launched the first service with 150 vehicles. As the second most populated city in France with 868,000 inhabitants, Marseille is a major focus for (almost) all the operators with its welcoming weather… and despite not being the most cycling-friendly city (lack of infrastructure, traffic, …

Technology

Will blockchain be a game-changer for shared vehicles geolocation?

People who are not experts in blockchain (I’m included) would have imagined finding the first application of the technology within the shared micromobility industry in the payment process, where it is mostly used so far. It came back in the news for a different purpose when Helium, a US company developing a blockchain-based hotspots solution, …

Business

Parts-as-a-service

I have already written about the rapid growth of bikes-as-a-service, or bike subscription services. The opportunity to have a bike available without bothering with its maintenance is appealing to many new (or not) riders who switched from public transports during the pandemic. Last week, the European leader Swapfiets announced a kind of mise en abyme: …

Business, Cities

Paris, start your e-engines!

The electric moped industry in Paris is holding its breath. Deputy Mayor for Transport David Belliard confirmed on June 15th that riders of internal combustion engine (ICE) motorbikes and mopeds will have to pay for parking within the city limits. With much of Paris’ 500,000 privately-owned mopeds and motorbikes affected by the change, could this decision trigger …

General, Technology

Micromobility, the forum for mobility data privacy

The introduction of the MDS by the LA DOT in april 2019 started a war between the Army of Mobility Defenders and the Army for Data Privacy. Why is it all about? First… … what is MDS? Let’s start with a short explanation of what MDS is. From the GitHub page: The Mobility Data Specification …

Business, Cities

Analysis of Paris’ e-scooter RFP

Since the emergence of shared mobility services, Paris has been one of the major open labs in Europe for shared micromobility services. The major Asian dockless bike-share operators launched massive fleets in late 2017– Gobee, oBike and ofo left, only Mobike remains in the French capital – before the waves of shared e-scooters hit the …

Business

Bird’s business model switch

The last couple of weeks have been crucial for the Santa Monica based company Bird, one of the leaders of the booming e-scooter sharing industry. For months specialists are pointing at the loss-making business model Bird and its competitors have adopted. And Bird is the first to learn from it, totally mutating its own model. …

Business

The dark side of the Uber/Lime deal

The Uber/Lime deal is THE major shared micromobility related news that appeared during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the US$170M investment in Lime, Uber also transferred its money-losing micromobility branch Jump to its former competitor. The transfer has massive impacts on the whole Jump structure, would it be for the HR or assets management. Impacts that …

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