The Top Urban Mobility Daily Articles of 2018

By the Urban Mobility Daily

If urban mobility had to be assigned with an official maxim for 2018 it would undoubtedly be out with the old and in with the new!  We can clearly see this from the rapid rise of the shared, free-floating e-trott to AVs taking to the road to MaaS becoming common usage in our everyday lexicon. It comes as little surprise that the UMDaily’s 10 most-read articles of the year reflect this exciting move towards a more innovative future. Here are our readers’ favorite articles from the past year:

1. Is e-scooter startup Bird worth $2 billion? Yes – but only if it can do something most other B2C mobility companies cannot

Bird, raised $200 million from investors in June at a valuation close to $2 billion, only one month after it raised $100 million at a valuation close to $1 billion and three months after it raised $100 million at a valuation close to $300 million. Naturally, many people are wondering, “how is Bird already worth $2 billion?”

2. The Future of Urban Mobility: Five key insights 

The urban mobility disruption is gathering momentum. Companies that anticipate the future will be the disruptors and not the disrupted. From our Autonomy offices in Paris we interact in various ways with 250 mobility speakers, 2000 mobility companies, 20 Innovation Labs, 500 mobility startups and more than 100 cities. These interactions give us unique insights into what solutions innovators are creating, investors are funding, cities are wanting and commuters are likely to choose.

3. What’s driving the urban mobility revolution? 

We are at the beginning of the next big revolution in transportation. But when we consider what’s driving the future of urban transport, I think it’s important that we look beyond the buzzwords. We need to look into the societal and technological trends to see what’s really going on, and to fully understand how we can make MaaS a reality.

4. The future of urban mobility: can Europe stay on top? 

Speak to any transport planner and they will tell you that European cities are considered to be the gold standard of good mobility. But, it’s not clear how European businesses can leverage Europe’s reputation as a mobility leader. Foreign companies with massive war chests (e.g. Uber, Didi Chuxing and Ofo) have entered European cities to answer the huge demand for MaaS. Their technology is not disruptive but their business models are.

5. Guide – Breaking into the French mobility market 

The guide provides information on how this market is organised and the different ways of accessing it, depending on the company’s activity and business approach. It also provides insight on how urban mobility is changing in France and major projects currently on the go. It concludes with three success stories

6. 5G: The urban mobility enabler, an introductory guide

This guide outlines the basics of 5G networks and the impact they will have on our future mobility. For those looking to grasp the immense advancements coming to connected mobility, understanding the power of 5G networks is an absolute must!

7. Have we already reached peak car? 

For the 90 percent of Americans who drive every day, the thought of giving up the convenience of an on-demand personal vehicle is simply too difficult logistically to imagine. However, economic trends point to a future where car ownership is but one of many mobility options. Are we ready?

8. The final word on electric scooters (for now)

Unlike sit scooters, e-trotts are such a new invention that there is no urban legislation that governs their use. Should the rider be compelled to use a helmet? Should they be allowed on sidewalks? What about bike lanes? Or what about letting them weave between cars on the the road? Can we justify building new infrastructure for these handy devices?

9. The Future of Urban Mobility: China’s electric horizon

China, the most populated country and number one polluter in the world, is currently facing an urban mobility crisis. Looking for an effective solution, the government has bet on electric vehicles by introducing subsidies, green plates, and investing in charging stations. Combined with the right mindset and favorable economic circumstances, It thus seems safe to predict that the future of Chinese urban mobility will be electric.

10. Funding the Movement: meet the mobility startups 

Meet the startups, VCs and investors from around the world that came together to make the 3rd edition of Funding the Movement a success and check out the infographic to  learn more about the current ecosystem of European mobility startups. 

Bonus article to help you navigate 2019, “the year of micromobility”:
An Overview Table of the Shared Electric Scooter (e-trott) Ecosystem

The Urban Mobility Daily team has devised the table in order to help our readers understand which companies are operating and how much they are worth. The table will be updated regularly to reflect any changes in the ecosystem and we hope it will become a useful reference for you.