Movements | March 1st, 2021

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China’s ridehailing giant Didi plans to enter Western Europe in 2021. With a tough regulatory landscape and competitive market with Bolt, Uber, Freenow, and others, its difficult to not see this becoming another subsidy war. | Bloomberg

Here’s an updated look at US ride hailing data and sales as of January 2021. Lyft is quietly gaining ground in market share as rideshare recovers from the pandemic.  | Second Measure

Waymo begins testing its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco. |  VentureBeat

Investments and Funding 

Goldman Sachs broke down venture capital funding in mobility over the last decade: Ridehailing took 37% of funding, followed by food delivery at 23%, autonomous vehicles at 10%, and micromobilty came in at 7%. | Twitter

Direct-to-consumer eBike company RadPower raised $150 million in growth capital from institutional investors like Morgan Stanley and Fidelity. RadPower started in 2007 as a custom bike builder, but has expanded rapidly since 2015’. The company plans to double its headcount, expand its home-service repair, and develop new vehicle categories. To get the history behind Rad, checkout the founders' How I Built This episode. | Techcrunch

New Products, Features, and Data Points

Google Maps rolled out the ability to pay for parking and public transit from within their existing trip planning and navigation experiences. This comes after previous integrations with micromobility and ridehailing services. Taken together, people can now plan, pay for, and navigate through every step of their journeys from a single product without having to take out their wallets. | Google

Google Maps released detailed street level maps with crosswalks, sidewalk curbs, and streetlights in SF, NYC, London, and Tokyo. | Kasey Klimes

Ghost kitchens: DoorDash is experimenting with making food on behalf of existing top performing restaurant brands in exchange for negotiated commissions. | Matt Newberg

Swiftly released the ‘State of Public Transit’ 2021 survey results. There’re a bunch of interesting data points in here. Over 70% of agencies implemented backdoor boarding and operators changed schedules over 2x as much as 2020! What changes will we see after the pandemic? | Swiftly

An excellent deep dive on Open Street Map, the location data co-op that has served as the basic mapping layer used by Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Mapbox, and countless others. As the value of mapping data and the amount of crowdsourced inputs have grown, so too has tension over OSM’s future. | Bloomberg

Noam Bardin, the former CEO of Waze, provides a fascinating look into what it’s like to build a product within a huge organization like Alphabet. | Noam Bardin

Speaking of Waze, Apple Maps is getting crowd-sourced reporting of crashes, speed traps, and more. | Gizmodo


Volkswagen (VW)  announced new financing and lease products for… eBikes. For corporate customers, VW Financial Services are offering company eBike packages. VW Bank is offering loans for private eBike purchases. | Cycling Industry

Bird, Lime, FreeNow, Dott, Tier, Voi, Wind, and Bolt team up in Europe to create the
“Micromobility for Europe'' coalition to help drive forward micromobility policy frameworks in cities across Europe. | Cities Today

The state of Washington is looking at a sales tax exemption for eBike purchases. | Seattle Times

Spin and Tortoise team up in an ‘exclusive alliance’ to pilot teleoperated 3-wheel scooters in Boise, Idaho this spring. | Spin

Revel, known for their shared electric mopeds, has spun up an e-bike leasing business. | WSJ