Movements | June 5th, 2020

Car parking meets micromobility. Cities are funding cargo eBikes for local businesses.

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Product Launches & Updates

  • Cowboy released its 3rd generation eBike with new software features like auto-unlock, theft alert, crash detection, and air quality mapping. The company is also achieving more control over its supply chain which will hopefully allow for lower costs and new innovation in the future. From a FB post: “Cowboy 3 is also a transitional product launch for us as a company, as for the first time, we now manage internally the entire supply chain, which gives us significantly more control on our business. In itself, this is a major milestone for us as well, one very much needed to scale quality and volumes going forward.” | Adrien Roose

  • Hardware startup Superpedestrian is launching its own scooter service after it raised $15 million and acquired Zagster’s “permits, software and other IP, and talent”. | The Verge

  • Uber is testing ‘Uber Rent’, a new feature that allows riders to rent a car in Australia. | Uber

  • Uber is also rolling out a new ride product where users can book an hourly Uber for $50 per hour - riders can select up to 3 stops and an expected timeframe in-app. | Uber

  • Concrete wireless power? MagDock is a concrete charging and docking station for micromobility vehicles. | Magnet

  • Apple Pay rolled out support for Hong Kong’s public transit system. | MacRumors

Ridehailing, Carsharing, & Delivery

  • Careem doesn’t expect a full recovery until 2021, but is focusing on becoming a ‘super-app’ as offline businesses move online in the Middle East. | CNBC

  • Uber’s grocery delivery partner Corner Shop is receiving push back from US grocery stores. | The Information

  • Amazon is now the fourth largest US delivery service and growing fast. | Digital Commerce

Investment & Deals

  • Facebook invested an undisclosed sum into Southeast Asian ridehailing app Gojek. This deal gives Facebook access to thousands of small-businesses coming online via Gojek’s digital payment tools. | Facebook

  • Daimler invests in Platform Science, a transportation technology tool for truckers. | WSJ

  • Yes, investors are still putting cash into shared micromobility: Singapore’s Beam raised a $26 million Series A as it expands across Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and beyond. | Techcrunch

  • Latin American micromobility operator Tembici raised a $47 million Series B with an investment from the World Bank - as it rolls out docked eBikes across South America.  | Techcrunch

  • European eBike operator Bond Mobility acquired vehicle connectivity startup e-motionlabs. | e-motionlabs

Cities & Policy

  • Andy Byford, formerly of NYC Transit, is now London’s Transportation Commissioner. | NYT

  • Zillow’s CEO says the company “has not observed a dramatic spike in people moving out of cities in favor of suburbs to the coronavirus pandemic.”  | CNBC

  • A German Cafe finds a fun way to encourage social distancing.  | Lonely Planet

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