Sharing mobility is game changer, again!

$24M round B financing to US based peer-to-peer car sharing start up Getaround

By Carlo Iacovini

Since the last few years car sharing is changing personal and corporate mobility. Early start ups opened the market to rental models by hours and proved to became concrete businesses. Zipcar is a brand of AvisBudget group and keeps expanding operations in mi_car2goUS and Europe. Local and national traditional car sharing operators grew in small scale models or become part of bigger networks. Especially in Europe we still see companies operating in city areas or nation based, not always being profitable with public funds. The most relevant innovation came by the free floating scheme. In Italy car2go and national oil company ENI owned ENJOY played a complete revolution in major cities like Milan, Rome and Florence, with more than 100.000 customers and for instance in Rome 15.000 rentals weekly. Free floating car sharing is easy to access and technology makes it appreciated by customers who also like glamour cars (Fiat 500 and Smart). While Autolib in France is the winning scheme proving that electric one way car sharing can impact on urban mobility with relevant Co2 emission reductions northern Europe markets still keep traditional schemes. In my recent published book (“Car Sharing il Business si muove” Edizione Ambiente) I describe different international experiences and business case but the market is rapidly changing again.cover_Car_Sharing_iacovini

From US a new wave of innovation is facing the car sharing market, pioneering disruptive business models that combine high technology with unexpected individual behavior. Technology is the key driver of new application as new appls make simple sharing and operating services

Two different premises determined new businesses based on the concept of sharing personnel car:

  • Sharing private car as a driver
  • Sharing private car

UBER or Lyft represent best examples of the first approach, even if with different positioning. Uber is giant google funded key player to mobility services with a discussed overestimated financial evaluation that brings the company to be bigger than Facebook operating worldwide but with recent accuses of inappropriate strategies, against competitors, privacy policies violation for customers or even journalists. Law is also an issue as in almost every country transportation has specific rules and taxi regulations and private services need to operate in a new legal framework, still to be defined. Uber plan surely doesn’t focus only on the existing services and the goal of the company is to reshape overall mobility system in cities around the world. There might be the chance they will make it.

Looking at the future there are few new players facing the market with high potentialsuccess based on point 2. Relayrides and Getaround are 2 recent start ups

source: Techcrunch
source: Techcrunch

focusing on the opportunity for private people to share individual car to other members. For those who area familiar with sharing economy, it’s like AIRBNB for cars. While Relay rides targets daily (or longer) rental, Getaround seems to have found what in Italy we call “l’uovo di Colombo” (“Columbus egg” means something very clever). The GetaroundConnect is a device installed in the car allowing to open and to end the rental process with you phone. The keyless entry to vehicles makes easy to access even a private car because it solves the most inconvenient practical procedure (meeting to the owners and exchange the keys). This innovation increases numbers of vehicle available for customers, so the business itself. After few years testing in some cities Getaround just raised $24M round B funding from strategic partner Cox Automotive, to grow in US cities and improve operations. Considering number of vehicles parked on the streets for 80% of the day in bigger cities we bet that getaround is highly potential large scale business, not only in US but in Europe too specially where motorization index are insane (as in Italy).

International group of Experts in EV market just launched in Europe

EEMCG-1 kopie 2 Launched few days ago, European Electric Mobility Consulting Group (EEMCG) is a network that bundles experienced and independent electric vehicle (EV) professionals throughout Europe. EEMCG joins EV consultants from 13 different countries. The goal is to share best practices and develop EV projects for international clients.  EEMCG combines its pan-European knowledge and experience within an international network. Our clients are served by a high standard team of consultants for an adequate implementation of EV projects. EEMCG provides strategic consultancy and business development for the energy and automotive industry as well as (trans-) national and local governments.

EV is growing rapidly in Europe. In Norway 20% of the sold vehicles were EV’s last March. And already more than 35.000 electric vehicles drive in The Netherlands. Numbers are expected to rise to 200.000 in 2020. In Europe 60.000 EV’s were sold last year. Some countries are struggling with the growth though. The EU has clear goals: in 2020 member states aim to have 8-9 million EV’s on the road.  Close cooperation and an integrated approach will render EV and EV infrastructure growth in all European countries.

EEMCG offers the best practices, network and in depth knowledge on the electric vehicle market in 13 European countries. The network will provide its knowledge starting today through its website and network. Furthermore, a yearly EV country report will be delivered free of charge, of which the first release is October 2014.

FIA Formula E: all news from presentation at IAA2013

FIA President Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, revealed New_car_13the much-anticipated new Spark-Renault SRT_01E fully-electric single-seater during the opening day of the prestigious 65th International Frankfurt Motor Show.

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cityofsound: Essay: On the smart city; Or, a ‘manifesto’ for smart citizens instead

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Oh, the smart city. I have “previous” here, over about a decade of writing about the interplay between cities and technology. And particularly, having written about The Street As Platform, and thePersonal Well-Tempered Environment, and The Adaptive City, and about New Songdo City, and “new smokestacks”, and how it’s easier to crowd-source a revolution than a light-rail system, and so on. And then worked on many projects, which I hope to scribble more about one day here, from Barangaroo to Brickstarter, Masdar to Melbourne.

During this time, what we might call a Urban Intelligence Industrial Complex (led by IBM, Cisco, General Electric, Siemens, Philips et al) has emerged and continues to try to insert itself into urban agendas;  with little success, in comparison to the marketing spend, it must be said. One can imagine a quiet fading away of all those “Smarter Planet” promotional schemes soon, actually.

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Tesla Roadster went out of production. Here’s a similar one, always by US company

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Elon Musk is bathing in a claw-foot tub of praise.

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

For those who mist the opportunity to buy a Tesla Roadster, here’s a new chance. Detroit Electric the new brand re-born thanks to Albert Lam has just presented the first sport electric car SP:01. Very similar to Roadster and 999 units planned.

We don’t know if it will became a status symbol as Tesla, but fans, harry up have a look! 

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L’auto ad aria, una nuova tecnologia già in prova sarà sul mercato nel 2017

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Una nuova speranza per l’auto ad aria (non più compressa) arriva da Israele. I primi test per un’autonomia di 1000km!

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

L’auto ad aria è un miraggio per tanti produttori. Ancora in attesa delle produzioni di Airpod By Negrè, ecco un progetto che potrebbe radicalmente cambiare la tecnologia. Un report raccontato da John Voelker, sulla base di un servizio con tanto di test su strada fatto da un giornalista di Bloomberg racconta come l’Israeliana “Phinergy” abbia progettato e realizzato un prototipo con 1000km di autonomia. Una combinazione di batterie al litio e un “range extender” composto da batterie all’alluminio. I test sono positivi e si prevede entro il 2017 la produzione e commercializzazione su strada, commissionata da un produttore globale di auto. La sfida è tutta aperta e la curiosità è molto alta. Per ora ci sono solo dei video e formule chimiche che confermano il progetto. Ma siamo tutti ottimisti, perchè in fondo l’auto ad aria.. è sempre un grande sogno

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The All-Electric Car You Never Plug In – IEEE Spectrum

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Wireless power transmission would let EVs draw their power from the road

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

Dai primi test condotti dalla multinazionale Qualcomm, oltre a diverse case automobilistiche,  un approfondimento scientifico sulla realizzazione di strade “elettriche” per ricaricare veicoli in movimento, in fase di test presso il Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – Seul

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Electric cars next big thing in Spain – with Italian technology too

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Andalucía gets on board the electric car band wagon and introduces its first electric cars and Spain’s first recharging station

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

Il fatto che anche in Spagna Enti locali e imprese investano sulla mobilità elettrica è notizia che può interessare gli addetti ai lavori, più o meno. A Malaga in questi giorni viene inauguarata una prima stazione di ricarica come parte di un progetto di più ampio respiro, chiamato Zem2All (Zero Emissions Mobility to All). Non sfugge notare che il sistema di colonnine è analogo a quanto ENEL sta proponendo in Italia. Sinergia di un mercato globale dove anche la “nostra” multiutility opera, attraverso la controllata spagnola. Ma ancora più interessante è la realizzazione di un sistema di ricarica “fast” in corrente continua che è stato installato in spagna da ENDESA, ma che non ha ancora trovato applicazioni da parte di ENEL in Italia, dove viene offerta solo la ricarica fast in corrente alternata a 43kw. Ottimo esempio di sinergie di gruppo, specie in considerazione del fatto che molte case commercializzeranno veicoli che si ricaricheranno proprio con la tecnologia sviluppata da Endesa. A piccoli passi, il mercato avanza globalmente.

La stazione di ricarica Fast realizzata da ENDESA
La stazione di ricarica Fast realizzata da ENDESA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Israeli Driver Assistance System Introduces Driverless Technology

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Mobileye’s technology uses a smart camera to analyze objects around it and avoid collisions.

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

Meanwhile we wait for google driverless car… some concrete step forward the introduction of new technology 

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