Movements | November 6th, 2019

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Investments & Deals

Travel aggregator Omio buys multimodal trip planning app Rome2rio. | Techcrunch

Kovi, a service that rents vehicles to rideshare drivers in Brazil, raises a $30m series A. | Techcrunch

Pakistani bus marketplace startup Airlift raises a $12 million Series A led by First Round. | Deal Street Asia


The City of Miami opened up its first bike lane “paid for entirely with city revenues collected from micromobility operators”. As cities start to generate income from micromobility permit fees and fines, it’s often opaque where that money is going. It’s nice to see Miami reinvest revenue back into visible infrastructure, which creates a positive loop for micromobility. | Lime

Revel launches 1,000 shared electric mopeds in Austin, Texas. | Curbed

“What happens to Germany’s electric scooters in the colder months?” A look into how operators are thinking about seasonality in Europe. | The Local

Lime's CEO Brad Bao talks to CNBC about the prospects of an IPO. | CNBC

An early review of the Bird Cruiser on the streets of Los Angeles: “The long seat means you can have a passenger! Performance really slowed with two riders however and I could barely get above 12 mph.” | Nathan Pope

Tier looks to generate new revenue by selling refurbished scooters from its own fleet. | MyTier

Harley Davidson publicly unveils its new eBike prototypes at the Milan Motorcycle Show that feature their own designed mid-drive motor. | Electrek

JUMP’s eBikes cross the million trip mark in Seattle in under a year. | JUMP

Segway-Ninebot expands it’s vehicle lineup with the debut of an electric dirt bike. |  Engadget


Didi is set to relaunch its pooling service after nearly 2 years since it ceased operations following two passenger deaths. “Didi said the service’s relaunch follows a comprehensive safety review and product revamp that started last year. It includes improved safety features as well as stricter driver and passenger verification and rating mechanics.” | Tech In Asia

Auto OEMs

7 year car loan terms are increasing in popularity, resulting in more and more auto debt rolling over onto new loans. | NPR

Product Launches & Updates

Moovit integrates Waze Carpool as a travel option in its trip planning experience: “The idea is that the user will search for their destination through Moovit — as usual — and where public transport does not adequately cover the journey from A to B, Waze Carpool will show up as one of the suggested routes.” | VentureBeat

Waymo ramps up fully driverless rides for passengers. | TechCrunch

Sixt expands its corporate Mobility-as-a-Service offering pilot to public transit. Earlier this year, Sixt launched a monthly mobility budget, where company employees can trade their cars for a monthly mobility allowance. | Fleetworld

Cities & Policy

LA has suspended Uber’s JUMP operations over their refusal to share data by integrating with the MDS Agency API. This would have required Uber to share vehicle telemetry data every 5 seconds on a trip, which raises a number privacy concerns and technical challenges.  | LA Times

Seattle has seen a significant drop in car ownership following significant investments in mass transit over the past decade. | Seattle Times

LA Metro is looking to replace their GoMetro trip planning app and improve the rider experience.  | Twitter

The new ULEZ charges in London has helped to shift riders back on to public transport and reduce air pollution in the congestion charging zone. | The Developer

NYC passes an ambitious Streets Master Plan, requiring NYCDOT to build out 50 miles of protected bike lanes per year, 30 miles of bus lanes per year, and a million square feet of pedestrian space in NYC. Additionally, there are plans for upgrading thousands of intersections with the latest designs that optimize for pedestrian safety as well as transit signal priority. Between this effort, the massive expansion of Citi Bike, and implementation of congestion pricing, mobility in NYC is going to look very different in a few years’ time. | Curbed