Movements | November 14th, 2019

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Investments & Deals

European micromobility startup Voi raises a $85 million Series B round. | Sifted

Travis Kalanick’s latest startup CloudKitchens received a $400 million investment. | WSJ

MaaS Global raises $33 million from BP and Mitsubishi. | VentureBeat

Micromobility

Lyft plans to roll out 2,000 eBikes in Minneapolis next year. Related: 4000 eBikes are coming back to San Francisco over the next 6 months. | BizJournal

RaineOne electric scooter: a 26 pounds scooter with 25 mph range and a top speed of 31 mph, complete with ABS brakes. | Kickstarter

How Bird aims to differentiate itself in the micromobility market. Bird’s Chief Communications Officer said to expect the company to continue to expand globally in 2020 and “continued pushes to selling our own products.” | AdWeek

Micromobility innovation of the week: bike racks with seat covers. | Twitter

Skip starts testing its own S3 hardware in Washington DC. | Skip Scooters

Bird receives a patent for remote control use of on-demand electric vehicle.  | Bird Rides Inc.

Interview with Bolt CEO Markus Villig on their scooter business: “Long term we will be upgrading it at cost because it’s an important service that needs to be there and it brings customers into our ecosystem. But it’s not a great standalone business.”  | Sifted

New Products & Launches 

Shared launched a new helmet detection feature on its rider app that will give users a 20% discount if they are wearing a helmet. | Shared

Users of Transit App can now buy tickets for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus from right in the app, thanks to a partnership with Token Transit. | Twitter

Uber is expanding its investment in its ad platform for Eats. | TechCrunch

Ridehailing 

Last week we shared how Didi is relaunching it’s carpooling service after two murders last year. This week Didi says it will not allow women to use its carpool product after 8PM. | Business Insider

Cities & Policy

In its first bicycle safety report since 1972, the NTSB is recommending all US states require bicyclists to wear a helmet after a recent spike in bicycle deaths on US roads. | NYT

Uber’s policy team looks at how rideshare and transit compliment each other in Seattle. “The simultaneous growth of transit ridership and rideshare use, alongside the continued decline in single-occupant auto commuting, suggest that high-quality transit and rideshare can together provide an attractive alternative to driving alone.” | Uber

The city that cycles with the young, the old, the busy and the dead. | NYT

Santa Monica published their Shared Mobility Pilot Program Summary Report. While the report is worth a read in its entirety, especially if you’re eager to understand how a forward thinking city looks at managing shared mobility, here are some highlights:

  • 2.7m trips from October 2018 to September 2019

  • Average trip length was 1.3 miles

  • About half of the shared mobility trips replaced trips that would have happened via car

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