Movements | June 4th, 2018

There’s a ton happening in the world of mobility and transportation and it’s tough to keep up with the latest developments... err, movements. I’m going to try putting together a weekly newsletter of interesting headlines that I come across, with a focus on mobility services, software products, and infrastructure rather than AVs and Auto OEMs.

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So, here’s what happened last week…

Big News

Lyft appears to be buying Motivate for around $250m| The Information.

Bird, the electric scooter startup, is raising $150m from Sequoia at a $1B valuation | Bloomberg

Uber declares its intent to power full, multi-modal trips that span their existing ride-hail service, bike-share, car-share, and public transit — the short video is worth a watch| Jon Donovan

Softbank Invests $2B+ in GM’s Cruise | TechCrunch

Waymo plans to buy up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica vans | WSJ

Micromobility

In China, on-demand bike trips now outpace on-demand car trips | Sam Korus

Lyft is hiring for a whole bunch of roles that suggest they might build a scooter or bike themselves | Michal Naka

Scoot launches its new scooters and shared electric bikes in Barcelona | TechCrunch

Electric scooters, they’re actually pretty great | The Atlantic

We’re rapidly approaching a world where Lyft and Uber have a profit motive to shift car trips to bikes and scooters | Streetsblog

Motivate’s Ford GoBike is launching dockless, electric bikes in San Jose | Michael Ducker

Product Launches and Updates

Coord releases a multi-modal routing API that combines public transit with docked and dockless bike-share to | TechCrunch

Google’s Area 120 releases Pigeon, a Waze for NYC public transit | The Verge

Mapbox launched a whole bunch of things at their Locate event | Mapbox

  • An updated Navigation SDK for unified navigation and dispatch

  • A partnership with Mobileye that includes using ADAS systems as sensor nodes and delivery of their RoadBook data via Mapbox’s vector tiles

  • Mapbox is distributing Foursquare’s POI Data

More transit payment integrations are likely coming to the iPhone in the near future | The Information

Ridecell raises a series B and unveils a developer platform | Mark Thomas

Uber is starting to gather sign ups for their Uber Rent service, powered by Getaround | Business Insider

Cities

NYC DOT will run a dockless bike-share pilot (including e-bikes!) in the outer boroughs, outside of the Citi Bike service areas, starting in July | 6sqft

LADOT is developing a data standard for shared mobility services like bikeshare, ride-hail, etc. | Open Cleveland

California’s state legislature is getting involved with the scooter situation | Asher

The International Transport Forum published a report suggesting that optimizing curb space to accommodate pick up and drop off behavior over parking would increase traffic speeds and decrease vehicle miles travelled | Andrew Salzberg