Movements | June 19th, 2019
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Uber unveiled new field swappable batteries for its JUMP bikes. “Holt said that by next year the company hopes to have battery kiosks distributed throughout a city, where anyone, even riders, can swap waning batteries for freshly charged cells.” | Business Insider
Lime unveils a new print marketing campaign in Paris. | The Drum
Bird, Uber and other micromobility companies lose a bid for US tariff relief on Chinese made eBikes and Scooters. Uber said the tariffs have “caused disproportionate harm to the innovation and competitiveness of U.S. digital transportation platforms.” | Reuters
Lyft went live with the new Segway MAX fleet model scooter in Denver. | The Verge
A review of Revel’s new moped sharing service in Brooklyn. | The Verge
A thoughtful blog post by a former colleague outlining the potential for eBikes to solve some of our most pressing economic, healthcare, and climate challenges. | Anand Babu
Product Launches & Updates
Bird is testing giving users credits for parking scooters in designated parking zones in Paris. | Adrien Lelievre
JUMP unveils its new scooter hardware. | The Verge
Transit app deploys its own machine learning model to improve public transit arrival predictions by up to 15%. | Transit
Citymapper ends its ridesharing product experiment in London, citing regulatory constraints and a desire to focus on other efforts. | Citymapper
Uber rolls out Public Transit data integration in Boston. | Boston Globe
Uber and Lyft CEO’s call for updates to ‘century old employment laws’ in California to give way to a middle ground between contractors and full-time employees. | San Fransisco Chronicle
Indian ridehailing startup Ola opens up an Advanced Engineering office in San Francisco. | Ola
German startup Flixbus accelerates growth in the USA. | Bloomberg
Cities & Policy
Chicago opens it doors to electric scooters with 10 companies participating in a summer pilot. | Chicago Tribune
Los Angeles DOT released its first quarterly report on their scooter program. | LADOT
China is standardizing public transit payment across 260 cities on a single card. Why can’t we have this in the US? | ECNS
A thoughtful piece by former NYC DOT head, Janette Sadik-Khan, on the debate around the use of scooter data in cities. It’s worth a read in its entirety but here’s the key quote: “Privacy concerns are real, but that doesn’t mean companies should be able to prevent responsible access to their data. Without the voluminous data that transportation apps gather, cities are left to plan blindly, relying on their old clickers and clipboards. Better cities need better data — to prevent crashes, minimize traffic congestion and get people where they need to go efficiently. So the way to protect mobility data is not to let private companies keep it to themselves; it’s for cities to raise the bar on digital privacy, championing practices that protect both citizens and the public interest.”| Bloomberg
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