Movements | August 28th, 2020

Bosch and Tier eye micromobility battery swapping networks...

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Micromobility

Product Launches & Updates

  • Bosch is expanding “PowerStations”, it’s eBike battery charging network in the German Alps. The company says it “want to improve charging options not only in holiday regions, but also in urban areas.”. | Bike EU

  • Google Maps is rolling out a map refresh based on satellite imagery with a new “color-mapping algorithmic technique”.  | Google

  • Voi teased its new “Voiager 4” scooter. The new vehicle features turn signals, improved GPS accuracy, NFC integration, and environmental sensors. | Voi

Ridehailing, Carsharing, & Delivery

  • The first product leader of Daimler’s Car2go, Helemuth Ritzer, opens up about the challenges faced inside of OEMs to foster innovation in the age of Tesla and other new mobility services. “Having worked the majority of my career for one of the OEMs, unsurprisingly it was difficult for me, up until a few years ago, to believe that this model is outdated and can not be evolved.” | Helmuth Ritzer

  • Toronto finds that Uber Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) improve mobility for people with shorter wait times. “We find that UberWAV services met the average wait-time requirement imposed by the City and believe that by offering shorter wait-times than previously available, this service significantly improves the mobility of people who require accessible transport services.” | Transport Findings

  • Didi hit 50 million trips in a single day across its ridehailing and bikesharing services. | Didi

  • A fascinating inside look at Amazon's unprecedented scaling of its delivery service. “The company now delivers 67% of its own package volume using in-house programs like Amazon Flex and delivery service partnerships. If Amazon continues to expand its delivery station network, it would be on track to control 85% of its own package volume by the end of 2022.”  | The Information ($)

Investment & Deals

  • Ebike delivery startup Bolt, rebranded as “Zoomo” and raised an $11 million Series A. | Zoomo

  • DeliveryHero acquires online grocery marketplace InstaShop. | Delivery Hero

  • Will the pandemic make or break softbank’s struggling mobility portfolio? | Comotion

  • Electric battery network startup PushMe confirms it was acquired by Tier Mobility. | George Kalligeros