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  • Automatically Informed.
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    20.09.2017

    Automatically Informed.

    Jaama has developed a fleet management app. Similar to the former Lab1886 project VAN2SHARE, the startup provides an overview of all vehicles, including test and mileage readings. Automatic notification is particularly important if maintenance or repairs are required.

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    Source: Fleet News

  • India pays with App.
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    19.09.2017

    India pays with App.

    Google is introducing the mobile payments app Tez in India. o this end, a cooperation was concluded with UPI in order to guarantee transfers between different banks. Furthermore, the app offers a "cash" mode, which guarantees anonymous transactions via peer-to-peer connection, similar to cash payment.

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    Source: VentureBeat

  • Sharing in Space.
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    18.09.2017

    Sharing in Space.

    Start-up Infostellar wants to make satellite communication as simple as booking with Airbnb. For this purpose, it is developing the "StellarStation" platform: users can clearly and easily rent satellites from third-party providers. StellarStation is to lay the foundation for a more robust Internet via satellite that is available around the globe.

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    Source: ZDNet

  • Origami for Deliveries.
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    15.09.2017

    Origami for Deliveries.

    Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has designed a spherical drone that is particularly suited for parcel deliveries. So far, the higher volume of a spherical frame made ball-shaped drones extremely unwieldy. The new construction, by contrast, can be folded down, thus making it possible to reduce its volume by 92%.

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    Source: New Atlas

  • Digital Tire Service.
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    14.09.2017

    Digital Tire Service.

    Tire manufacturer Goodyear will equip the fleet of the Tesla-sharing startup Tesloop with connected tires. They automatically report when they need to be replaced. While the vehicles are charging, Goodyear sends technicians in accordance with sensor data to take care of the tires in good time.

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    Source: Fleet News

  • Volocopter: Mobility in the Next Dimension.
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    13.09.2017

    Volocopter: Mobility in the Next Dimension.

    Dr. Zetsche proudly announced the cooperation between Daimler AG and Volocopter. The Multicopter was proof that the inventor of the automobile is also able to carry individual mobility into the 3rd dimension. The autonomous aircraft will commence first test flights in Dubai by the end of the year.

  • Determined Openness.
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    12.09.2017

    Determined Openness.

    With immediate effect, Lyft is working with startup Drive.ai on technologies for self-driving vehicles. With its numerous partnerships and open platforms, Lyft clearly distinguishes itself from its main competitor Uber. The latter relies more on a closely integrated development of its autonomous systems.

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    Source: Ars Technica

  • Shuttle Service on the Upswing.
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    11.09.2017

    Shuttle Service on the Upswing.

    In October, MOIA, VW’s ride pooling subsidiary, will launch a new pilot with 20 shuttles in Hannover to provide mobility for 3,500 people. However, this is just the beginning. After Hannover, the service will expand to Hamburg next year, where MOIA plans to deploy 200 e-shuttles. Innovative mobility services are on the upswing – more than two thirds of European city dwellers meanwhile regard them as an alternative to their own car.

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    IAA stand information: Hall 3.1, Booth B45

    Source: CarIT

  • Turning Two into One.
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    08.09.2017

    Turning Two into One.

    Turo has acquired Croove – both startups provide peer-to-peer car rental. While Turo is particularly popular in the USA, Croove has only been active on the German market so far. The takeover took place as part of a financing round, with the main investor being Daimler. The Group, which quite recently invested in the ridesharing startup Via, is thus expanding its portfolio of varied mobility services.

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    Source: Quartz

  • On Tour with the Blockchain.
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    07.09.2017

    On Tour with the Blockchain.

    Consulting firm EY has launched the platform "Tesseract" as already announced a few days ago. Many different mobility options, whether provided by individual vehicle owners or operators of whole fleets, will be available on Tesseract. Infrastructure costs are reduced by eliminating intermediaries – the blockchain alone provides for trustworthy security.

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    Source: CarIT

  • Happiness Is a Better Drive.
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    06.09.2017

    Happiness Is a Better Drive.

    Lyft is Uber's biggest competitor and is continually growing – even though the ride-hailing services of the two don't effectively differ. The secret of success may lie in the treatment of drivers: Lyft provides them with a guaranteed income as well as discounts on fuel and cell phone expenses. A rewards program for hardworking drivers rounds off the benefits. The customer experience seems to improve when drivers are satisfied.

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    Source: Entrepreneur

  • 500,000 Cars Looking for Passengers.
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    05.09.2017

    500,000 Cars Looking for Passengers.

    The peer-to-peer network of carsharing startup SnappCar has grown to include half a million cars. Following the most recent takeover of startup Tamyca, the company now wants to continue its expansion in Europe. The carsharing market remains in a state of flux: together with infrastructure company Ferrovial, Renault has just launched a sharing service in Madrid, which only comprises of e-vehicles.

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    Source: The Guardian

  • The Mobility Search Engine.
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    04.09.2017

    The Mobility Search Engine.

    Startup Migo has launched a search engine for on-demand transportation services. Different transportation options are in real time displayed on a map. Services provided by car2go, Lyft and several taxi companies can already be booked via the app, additional providers like Uber or ReachNow are to follow soon.

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    Source: GeekWire

  • Geared to the Driver.
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    01.09.2017

    Geared to the Driver.

    Toyota now starts collaborating with ride-hailing company Grab to support its drivers with new services. As part of the new pilot project, Grab provides data from 100 Toyota cars in its fleet. The automaker uses this information, for example, to proactively recommend maintenance works or offer individual insurance policies.

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    Source: Grab

  • No Longer a Teenager.
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    31.08.2017

    No Longer a Teenager.

    Netflix is turning 20. In the 1990s, the company started out as a small startup renting DVDs, and today it is a streaming giant with an audience of millions. With ambitious goals and a high risk-taking propensity, the company has also seen difficult times – and is now successful. The article provides a highly interesting retrospect.

  • Robotic Service.
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    30.08.2017

    Robotic Service.

    Startup Roboteam is working on a robot butler called "Temi". It moves autonomously through the house and serves as a platform for both apps and smart home devices. Temi is able to recognize different people with their individual preferences and can be operated via voice command.

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    Source: POPSUGAR

  • Outgrowing the Scooter.
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    29.08.2017

    Outgrowing the Scooter.

    Startup Go-Jek makes Indonesia mobile: in 2010, the company started as a small motorbike taxi service – with 200,000 drivers, it now also provides ride-hailing by car, on-demand delivery services for goods as well as the transportation of mobile service providers (such as geriatric nurses). Last but not least, Go-Jek is, similar to Ola, working on its own digital currency.

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    Source: Digital Trends

  • Mobility made in India.
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    28.08.2017

    Mobility made in India.

    Startup Ola Cabs fundamentally changes India's infrastructure. With a huge ride-hailing fleet, it provides its service in all big Indian cities. Furthermore, a ride-sharing service has been established recently. Its own currency, Ola Money, makes the company's services more compatible. The startup is also mindful of the future: in collaboration with the government and local public transport, Ola is working on the country's e-mobility.

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    Source: The Economic Times

  • Pizza from Above.
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    25.08.2017

    Pizza from Above.

    Startup Flytrex has launched the world's first autonomous drone delivery service. In partnership with on-demand delivery service AHA, the goods are packed and flown up to six miles to the customer's doorstep. Flytrex' cloud-based network coordinates all drones – without any human assistance.

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    Source: The Verge

  • Taxis for Fruit and Vegetables.
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    24.08.2017

    Taxis for Fruit and Vegetables.

    Walmart has been testing different delivery services to have goods transported to its customers' homes in Denver and Phoenix. For this purpose, Uber drivers have been deployed to transport fresh groceries instead of passengers. The simple model has proved to be successful: in the future, this service will also be piloted in other big cities.

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    Source: Engadget

  • A Look into the Future.
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    23.08.2017

    A Look into the Future.

    A highly interesting guest article by consultancy firm Prophet draws attention to 15 startups one should keep an eye on. The young enterprises provide numerous new services, for example, Lola: with its AI-powered digital assistant, the startup wants to render travel agencies redundant.

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    Source: The Next Web

  • From Car to Cloud.
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    22.08.2017

    From Car to Cloud.

    Tesla wants to save the driver's individual settings, for example the current position of seats or mirrors, as profile in the cloud. Any Tesla in the world would thus be able to adjust itself on demand to the individual preferences of each and every driver. A first step towards the global “Tesla Network” car-sharing platform?

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    Source: Electrek

  • From Sharing a Car to Sharing a Ride.
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    21.08.2017

    From Sharing a Car to Sharing a Ride.

    General Motors plans to extend its car-sharing service Maven into ride sharing. Up to now, Maven's service has also addressed Uber or Lyft drivers, who could get rental cars from GM at favorable terms. With this realignment, GM does not want to compete with ride hailing – the corporation does, after all, own a 9 percent stake in Lyft.

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    Source: The Drive

  • Only Beaming Is Faster.
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    17.08.2017

    Only Beaming Is Faster.

    From this week on, Amazon provides a new service for its customers that makes it possible to receive ordered products within 2 minutes. The “Instant Pickup” service holds products available at a fixed pick-up location. Regardless whether Amazon Echo, snacks or stationery: the depots are stocked up according to customer requirements and the regional demand.

  • Driving Less, Paying Less.
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    16.08.2017

    Driving Less, Paying Less.

    Auto insurance startup Metromile considers the always identical monthly premium statement of insurers unfair. Therefore, it offers to determine costs down to the last mile. The device called “Metromile Pulse” precisely tracks the driven route and subsequently forwards the data to Metromile. That way, customers are always able to keep an eye on costs via the app. 

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    Source: Fast Company

  • Bespoke Mobility.
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    15.08.2017

    Bespoke Mobility.

    Sixt focuses on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) for its corporate customers. Employees are assigned a budget on Sixt's new mobility platform. The service comprises rental cars, the Sixt transfer service myDriver as well as DriveNow carsharing. The first customer to use this service is Boston Consulting Group.

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    Source: GetMobility.de

  • No Error in the Matrix.
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    14.08.2017

    No Error in the Matrix.

    Startup PullRequest offers on demand search for bugs in computer programs. The demand is great: on average, a programmer spends about 30 - 50% of his time on reviewing his own codes. If PullRequest takes over this process, programmers are able to focus on their actual task: the development of new software.

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    Source: TechCrunch

  • Prafitable Thanks to Automation.
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    11.08.2017

    Prafitable Thanks to Automation.

    Delivery service Jinn is operating profitably again. A time that saw the discontinuation of its service in numerous cities, is now followed by a phase of intensive restructuring. Thereby, the automation of the entire platform was of primary importance to, for example, simplify the ordering process.

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    Source: TechCrunch

  • Ride Hailing without a Driver.
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    10.08.2017

    Ride Hailing without a Driver.

    Startup Cruise, which was acquired by GM last year, has already completed the first test drives of its autonomous ride hailing service. To begin with, employees of the company are signed up for the beta service. The vehicles can be summoned via an app and autonomously chauffeur about 10% of the staff through San Francisco.

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    Source: Slashgear

  • Building Castles in the Clouds.
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    09.08.2017

    Building Castles in the Clouds.

    Under the motto "own the sky", one can now paint the clouds with startup Skrite: messages and photos can be projected onto the sky using an augmented reality app. Similar to the app from startup Blippar, one can see what other users have already left up there. For companies, this potentially opens up new ways of communication.

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    Source: New Scientist

  • Virtual Purchase Advice.
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    08.08.2017

    Virtual Purchase Advice.

    Shopify opens up new distribution channels via text messages and virtual assistants. For Messenger, the company acquired the text-based marketing service Kit. For the latter, the startup programmed, among other things, specific skills for Amazon Alexa. It could therefore be possible in the future to simply do your shopping from the car via voice control.

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    Source: VentureBeat

  • Tinder for House Hunting.
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    07.08.2017

    Tinder for House Hunting.

    Real-Estate startup Zumper has launched the matching platform Zumper Select, which optimizes communication between people looking for flats and realtors: it shall always provide the best offers for both sides. The intention is to make renting an apartment as simple as booking a hotel. Paperwork and appointments can be individually handled via the app.

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    Source: TechCrunch

  • Didi Edges Towards Europe.
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    04.08.2017

    Didi Edges Towards Europe.

    Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing invests into the Estonian ride-hailing startup Taxify. By means of a strategic partnership, Didi now wants to edge into the European market. Taxify already has about 2.5 million users and operates in 18 countries, among them Romania, Hungary, Nigeria, and Kenya.

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    Source: tnooz

  • Prime Service NCY Style.
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    03.08.2017

    Prime Service NCY Style.

    Rent the Runway is an online service, which rents designer clothes and accessories. In New York, the business model has now expanded with a same-day delivery service. With this approach, the company wants to compete with H&M and Zara: customers will be able to wear real designer pieces at the price of fashion discounters – and can also buy them if they like.

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    Source: Glossy

  • Premium Service Chinese Style.
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    02.08.2017

    Premium Service Chinese Style.

    In Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, JD Luxury Express ensures that luxury goods reach the recipient unscathed. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com meanwhile has about 236 million active customers and hopes to win over the new upper class clientele with this exclusive service.

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    Source: New York Times

  • Next Level TripAdvisor.
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    01.08.2017

    Next Level TripAdvisor.

    Startup Journy  makes a personal concierge available to travelers. On the basis of the user’s personal preferences, the startup arranges individualized itineraries. The offer comprises special discounts for accommodation and restaurants and additionally provides a daily travel plan, which can be flexibly modified. Could such a service also be integrated into the Mercedes me platform?

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    Source: Globalbuzz

  • Sprynt: like Uber, but for free
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    23.06.2017

    Sprynt: like Uber, but for free

    Start-up Sprynt provides a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft, except that the service is free for its users. The fleet of electric vehicles as well as the drivers are to be solely financed via advertisements, which are displayed on iPads in the vehicles. In the future, users will also be offered discount coupons for regional services.

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    Source: Washington Business Journal

  • Sharing via Blockchain
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    22.06.2017

    Sharing via Blockchain

    Startup Oaken combines the security of Blockchain with micro-transactions of car sharing: working without any mediating party, transaction costs are reduced and make car sharing even more attractive. Oaken’s solution is based on the Ethereum Blockchain, which is particularly suited for smart contracts and a great number of transactions.

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    Source: Fast Company

  • Hand for the housework
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    21.06.2017

    Hand for the housework

    Robot maker Kuka - which was recently purchased by Midea - is planning to develop a household service robot. Kuka can impress with its expertise in comparable systems: Boeing and Tesla therefore rely on autonomous industrial robots from Kuka. Its biggest competitor is SoftBank , which recently expanded its portfolio with Boston Dynamics . Honda and Toyota have also been working on household robots for a long time.

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    Source: Recode

  • Networked logistics
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    20.06.2017

    Networked logistics

    Startup https://truckerpath.com target=_blank] Trucker Path[/link] meanwhile connects half a million truckers with its platform. It not only gives an overview on available parking, gas stations and highway restaurants, it also helps connect shippers, brokers and drivers. Trucker Path even started paying the truckers for a small fee so that they do not need to wait for their wages.

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    Source: TechCrunch