Stop reckless driving, this is not Too Fast Too Furious or Mad Max. Empty roads are not a licence to speed up or drive recklessly. During the pandemic the mobility restrictions, including home lockdowns, led to a decrease in traffic volumes in cities across the globe. A pattern that all cities , no matter where they are located, have experienced. We are talking about a massive decrease in traffic of between 70% and 90% between March and May 2020. At first sight we could say: “Ok, the good thing about this is that fewer people are going to be killed…


Despite the on-going health crisis and uncertainty around the world, here at B4Motion, we have been working hard to push ahead with our plans, one step at a time. And so, we have several new developments to share with you:

We have incorporated two new companies into our investment portfolio. A few weeks ago, we welcomed Kido Dynamics and Motoreto into the fold. Kido is our answer to data, whilst Motoreto is revolutionizing a traditional market. More details on both below.

Why is data crucial for mobility? For us, the answer is clear; better decisions require greater accuracy. And we…


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Since we were born in 2015, we have been writing and sharing a Newsletter. We have improved a lot, thanks for making a lot of mistakes. But right now, we think we have content that is worth reading.

The NL has different sections:

This week's highlighted news. We select 11 of the more relevant news around the world regarding mobility. Don’t worry we go away from the common-most shared news. We are not going to talk to you about what Elon did this week.

This week’s mobility investment. All, at least we try to capture all, investment related to mobility.


CONTEXT

We have conducted the following analysis of Venture Capital activity using data from Dealroom and CB Insights. We have corroborated this data and provided context by tracking different media reporting declarations by key people within the company.

We have tracked investment from 2015 to the present day (March 2020). We selected 2015 as the starting point for two reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, 2015 was the year that most OEMs started using the word “mobility” instead of “automotive” — this represented a paradigm shift in their strategic plans. …


CONTEXT

We have conducted the following analysis of Venture Capital activity using data from Dealroom and CB Insights. We have corroborated this data and provided context by tracking different media reporting declarations by key people within the company.

We have tracked investment from 2015 to the present day (March 2020). We selected 2015 as the starting point for two reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, 2015 was the year that most OEMs started using the word “mobility” instead of “automotive” — this represented a paradigm shift in their strategic plans. …


A couple of weeks ago the mobility buzz was capitalized by Uber’s announcement to start developing autonomous micromobility assets (AKA bikes and scooters).

Throughout this post, we are going to try to give some light to this announcement. We are going to do this showing some relevant data to have in mind. It is clear that with this technology micromobility providers can improve a lot in two of their most crucial fields: operations and a good integration with the city curb. Imagine you can summon an e-scooter that comes from a hub near you without disturbing other sidewalk users and…


Introduction

Micro-mobility is a strange new topic. Between 6 months and one year ago, the mobility folks used this term for the first time to refer to shuttle services (Via Transportation, Brid, MOIA…). Usually on-demand services ones.

Then it changed and the personal last-mile mobility emerged thanks to bike-sharing and all the PVM (Personal Mobility Vehicles) revolution, yes e-scooter mainly but not only. With this new services, the focus was put in the 3 miles mobility hassle.

And then bird emerges, the fastest startup in the history to reach unicorn status. …


  1. The Problem

When you think about driving your car, there are typically two scenarios: long journeys or road trips, which are less frequent but more lengthy; and short journeys or commutes, where you use your vehicle for daily tasks like getting to and from work.

Bearing in mind current EV ranges, we are confident that, nowadays, electric-powered vehicles are capable of meeting users’ needs in cities, especially their commuter needs (see figure 1). But the big question is: will we ever be able to use our EVs for long journeys, in particular cross-border ones?


Note to readers

This article is not intended to be a consultancy paper. Instead, we want to provide you with a snapshot of what we see in the market. With this in mind, we have deliberately created it. If you want to discuss a holistic approach, feel free to contact us. We love discussions in general, and even more so when they are about mobility.

  1. Our glossary

These terms are live. Their definitions are constantly evolving, as part of the natural market maturation process. Please take a look and tell us what you think.

Before we get into the details…

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We are a Mobility Lab. We research, invest and build. Founded in 2015, we invest and build mobility solutions to observe and improve how major cities move.

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