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On today's show, Horace and Oliver talk through the challenges that vandalism pose to the shared micromobility model. Specifically we cover: - the core drivers of vandalism of such fleets, and how this compares to historical parallels. - the implications for capex vs. opex - the calculations that operators are making to ensure that the services still function well. Apologies about the echo in the podcast. We ran into audio issues. Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city
In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss vehicle standards and classifications based on Horace's recent discussions with the Society of Automotive Engineers. Specifically, we cover: - what are automotive standards, why are they important, and how does this change how we look at the world? - the history of the term 'microcomputing' and how the significance of this faded away over time, and what parallels we might be able to see with mobility. - how is the SAE thinking about classifying micromobility vehicles, and what are the likely implications of this. - what variables regulators should be thinking about when looking at vehicles, and which they should avoid (hint: speed) - what value the German system for classifying low-powered electric vehicles could offer globally. - the parallels to Horace's time at Nokia, and how he foresaw the rise of the battle of iOS and Android. As always, let us know what you think - @oliverbruce and @asymco on Twitter. Joyride (Start your own scooter or bike share system today. See more at www.Joyride.city. Make sure to mention the Micromobility podcast (via the contact form on the website or when you call) and receive your first month for free).
In today’s show we cover the rise of scooter sharing and how different localised constraints result in different micromobility solutions blooming. Specifically: - The scooter sharing model that Bird pioneered, why it emerged in Santa Monica and why it might not apply to other contexts. - The history from the Segway to the hoverboard, Boosted Board and on to the current scooter form factor. - The local variables that need to be considered for micromobility fleet operators. - The parallels of the rise of micromobility with early cellular, and the Galapagos scenario of ecosystem development. Note - aware that the last 9 minutes of audio from this episode were mistakenly added (as a hidden gem!) to the end of last week’s podcast. Not everyone caught it, and contextually makes far more sense here! Apologies for any confusion.
On today's episode, Oliver runs over recent news in the scooter/micromobility space with Michal Naka (@michalnaka) and we release the government regualtor panel from the recent Micromobility California Summit talking about the experiences from LA, Portland, Oakland and Claremont in regulating scooter operators. In the news section, we discuss: - The emergence of Grin in South America, and what this means for scooters in Latam. - Lime's recent $310m raise and how this reflects the consolidation of the rest of the industry. Next, we have the panel from the recent Summit where Katie Fehrenbacher (@katiefehren) from Greenbiz hosts a panel with Seleta Reynolds (@seletajewel) from the LADOT, Ryan Russo (@rrinoak) from the Oakland DOT, Briana Orr (@BrianaLOrr) who managed Portland's Shared Electric Scooter Pilot, and Julie Medero, Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Commission from the City of Claremont. They cover: - how cities are viewing the rise of micromobility operations as a means of providing access to low-cost mobility and benefitting their citizens - what cities have learnt from the rise of Uber/Lyft and how that is influencing their regulatory stances with new operators and business models - how they're using their ability to regulate to influence data standards and how this will affect operators/entrepreneurs in this space - the variables that they, as regulators, need to consider as part of rollouts - how cities are thinking about infrastructure and deployment, and the challenges that they face in rolling out safe infrastructure for micromobility Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city
On today's episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Winston Kwon, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. We discuss mobility poverty, why it matters and the role that micromobility could play in improving access to opportunities. We also touch on: - The concept of Universal Basic Mobility (as put forward by Alex Roy) and how micromobility might enable it - The importance of social inclusion - and how transport, specifically cars, impact it. - How the homogeneity of suburbs is accelerating their infrastructural decline. - Which cities/built environments will benefit the most from micromobility and which will be the most negatively impacted. - Horace revises his estimates for the Total Addressable Market for Micromobility globally. Many thanks to Joyride for being our sponsor again this week. We discuss on the podcast how their service is an intelligent solution for what will likely evolve to a set of hyperlocal transport markets. Check them out at joyride.city We are no longer publishing transcripts (but are working on something exciting related to that - more soon!). Please let us know what you think on Twitter at @asymco or @oliverbruce. Thanks! Brought to you by: Joyride (Start your own scooter or bike share system today. See more at www.Joyride.city. Make sure to mention the Micromobility podcast (via the contact form on the website or when you call) and receive your first month for free).
On today's episode, Oliver talks with Regina Clewlow (@reginaclewlow), CEO & Co-Founder of Populus.ai about her insights gained from building micromobility data dashboards for city officials. We discuss what matters to cities, and why the rise of micromobility data will drive the changes in streetscapes across the world. We also discuss: - The new data standards emerging for operators in cities, and how this will help both operators and cities better manage fleets, and cities to develop more appropriate infrastructure. - The new partnership they've developed with Lime to monitor their LimePod car sharing in Seattle, and how that lays the foundation for fixing the tragedy of the commons problems with scooter parking. - The report that Populus has produced for DC looking at equity of access to dockless mobility services vs more traditional docked services and why this matters to cities. Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city
In this episode, we define the term micromobility and what is/isn’t in the categorisation. We run through: 1) Why micromobility can be defined as utility focussed urban transport in sub 500kg vehicles, and predominantly electrically powered. 2) The background of how Horace came to see micromobility’s potential to disrupt the automobile industry. 3) Why e-bikes are some of the best city-based transportation mode option- hint: it’s the fastest way across town and can be parked anywhere. 4) How to think about the categorisation of different types of micromobility devices, and why that matters. 5) How the development of micromobility is paralleling the development of personal computing and why we’re still in 1976. 6) Why car obesity has provided ripe opportunity to develop micromobility options in the marketplace. 7) The key difference between invention and innovation and how this applies to micromobility. Bonus! Why Horace thinks that riding an electric bike is more thrilling than driving a Porsche. Transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.
On today's episode, Horace and Oliver dig deep into the evolution of business models in transport, and how micromobility lays the foundation for the next great shift of interoperable, efficient, low-cost transport services powered by blockchain. I think we just hit peak hype words, but bear with us! We cover: - how the car was the first great bundling of transport ‘jobs-to-be-done’ into a single option - kickstarting the first major productisation of transport. - the emergence of Uber, and the shift of trips from pre-paid product to service. - The dynamics of vehicle fleets, and why scooter/e-bike fleets are likely to move off-balance sheet for most large operators in the near future. - How multimodality, especially that underpinned by micromobility, lends itself to open transport systems, and how this will give rise to token marketplaces for trips (similar to Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn’s tradenet proposal ). - The impact that decentralised token marketplaces will have on cities. It's a conceptually dense episode as we explore the Productisation-Servitization-Securitization-Tokenization (Pro-Se-Sec-To Framework?). As always, keen to hear your thoughts on this. Hit us up at @oliverbruce and @asymco.
In this episode, we have Steve Anderson (@Rashomon2) as a guest on the podcast. Steve has a long history in motorcycle safety and engineering forensics, and more recently has been working on low powered electric vehicles. He will be speaking at the upcoming Micromobility Summit in California on the 31st of January. We cover: - The role of vehicle design, infrastructure and speed in micromobility safety. - The coming emergence of different form factors, including cabin motorcycles and enclosed cargo trikes - Different avoidance and damage mitigation options for micromobility. - Helmets - their impact and how their role in micromobility. Be sure to check out the Danish airbag helmet, the Hovding, at hovding.com - The role of fun and joy in micromobility’s appeal. Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city
On today's episode we do a very quick recap of the inaugural 2019 Micromobility Summit and then turn our attention to talk through what early stage investment in micromobility looks like with Reilly Brennan of Trucks Venture Capital (@reillybrennan). He is a founding general partner at Trucks (trucks.vc), a seed-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs changing the future of transportation. Reilly holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University and is influential newsletter Future of Transportation is a radar for what’s happening in transportation. Prior to Trucks, Reilly was Executive Director for Stanford’s automotive research program, Revs. He is very well known in the transport technology space. In this episode we discuss: - Trucks VC and how it's adjusted it's thinking about micromobility in its search for the companies that will power the future of transportation. - How he thinks about the evolution of the supply chain in the micromobility sector, and who will be looking to get involved. - Where he sees parallels between the existing early stages of micromobility and the autonomous vehicle space a few years ago. - What opportunities he is looking for in the space, and his thesis of where value will accrue. We also discuss the new Micromobility VC syndicate on AngelList that will be syndicating interesting deals in the micromobility space out to early stage investors. If you are an accredited investor and would like to hear about the deals that Horace, Oliver and others are coming across and backing, please find us on AngelList and apply. Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city
In this episode, we refine the micromobility categorisation and unpack why urban infrastructure is a leading indicator to adoption. We run through: 1) Why the development of batteries and small electric motors underpinned the development of micromobility, the importance of off-the-shelf componentry in providing the basis for innovation and why electric will be the dominant powertrain for the coming 10 years. 2) The history of fuel infrastructure in the US, how hard this is to replicate, and why micromobility provides an opportunity to leapfrog this. 3) The history of transit, roading and tramways in major cities globally, and how they provided the conditions for the development of the car. 4) The significance of the standard bike as we know it today, and the impact that it had on society. 5) The emergence of cars in cities, the safety battles fought, and the development of signals, licensing and traffic segmentation, and the implications on that for alternative vehicle types. 6) How the emergence of micro mobility will terraform our cities in the same way that the car did. Transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.
In this inaugural episode, we outline the key themes and issues we want to address in the show series including: 1) Defining micromobility - what is it, where did it come from and why does it matter? 2) The disruptive potential of micromobility. With this, we will unpack why the current fixation on autonomy with automobiles is misplaced, and what a distributed, connected robot of micromobility vehicles might look like. 3) The great unbundling of the car - what does it mean, and why the micromobility was required to make multimodality a feasible unbundled option for travel. 4) How the emergence of micro mobility tracks the development of the early days of computing, and why we’re still really in 1976 with the emergence of the Apple I. 5) How disruption from the low end induces demand and drives such steep adoption curves. We also unpack why their scale will permit the development of large scale computation platforms, especially vs. traditional car platforms. 6) The impact of the emergence of micromobility on infrastructure and how cities function. 7) How the business models of this might emerge, how securitisation of the assets deployed will enable rapid deployment, and lay the foundations for tokenised solutions that align the interests of users, operators and investors together. We also hit Marchetti’s constant (time budgets for travel) and log normal distributions of travel time. We end on a thought experiment on how teleportation would change everything. Transcript of this show is available for commenting and highlighting on the shows Medium page.
In today’s episode, we’re joined by Twitter micromobility celebrity Michal Naka (@michalnaka), to talk about scooters, how they’re evolving in hardware and their interactions with cities and what the future might look like. It’s a packed episode. Specifically we cover: - How Michal ended up in micromobility through his skepticism of autonomous cars. (5:50->) - How the most valuable miles travelled are likely to be addressed by micromobility and not autonomous. (9:20->) - The history of the scooter supply chain.(13:00->) - The tradeoff that companies are making between opex and capex. (25:50->) - What future evolutions we’re likely to see in (29:30->) - How cities are responding to these new business models, and what we’re likely to see in the future. (33:46->) - How the diffusion theory applies to scooters and their evolution. (40:30->) We are no longer publishing transcripts (but are working on something exciting related to that - more soon!). Please let us know what you think on Twitter at @asymco or @oliverbruce. Thanks!
On today's episode, we're joined by Dr Chris Cherry (@drchrischerry), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Director of Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, an international academic/industry research consortium on lightweight and low speed EV's about the environmental and social implications of micromobility. We discuss: - How China's electric micromobility sector has grown to lead the world, and how Chris and his colleagues have worked to understand it. - The framework that they use to understand the benefits that lightweight electric utility vehicles offer users - notably low cost, point to point, low emission transport. - The emission and energy use of micromobility vehicles compared to other options. - How to think about whether micromobility is additive or substitutive trips vs. incumbent modes of transport. - What the role of fun plays in micromobility adoption. - Which cities will benefit the most from the ride of micromobility and why. Apologies for the slightly jerky editing - had a few audio editing issues. Be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter at @asymco and @oliverbruce!
In today’s show, we examine the role of platforms in micromobilities rise, and what role they might play in furthering adoption. Specifically, we cover: - What an entry into the micromobility space might look like for Apple, and how their experience in interface stepchanges puts them at a unique advantage. - How autonomous cars are analogous to wormholes vs. a more tactile engaging experience of the world with micromobility. - What a platform built on a micromobiltiy fleet might look like, and what it might enable, and what names we might give to these experiences in the same way that cars have crusing, drivethrus and cinemas. - The stage of the market, and the parallels to the Playstation vs Xbox and Android vs iOS arguments. - How the network effects of micromobility sharing platforms are inverse to the traditional car infrastructure. - Horace introduces his new research paper looking at modal shifts with the introduction of e-mobility in a cities transport mix. As always, transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.
In this episode, we look at the history of the Dutch cycle infrastructure, the symbiotic tension that we'll see between micromobility and autonomous vehicles, and the intangible quality of cities with vibrant micromobility ecosystems. We also cover: - the recent spate of news re: the dawning scooter wars (Bird, Lime, Jump) - San Francisco's highway history - the cost comparisons for cycling infrastructure vs. car infrastructure, especially when compared to modal share vs. landuse in European cities. - How the rollout of cycling infrastructure parallels (or doesn't) the rollout of cellular infrastructure in both the US and Europe. - the creative tension that will exist between micromobility vehicles vs. autonomous cars (walkable neighborhoods vs. exurbia sprawl) - the 'experience' factor of micromobility, and the unquantifiable value of the thrill of riding a scooter/e-bike vs. passive A-B transport and how this is influenced by the European vs. American views of the world. The transcript for this episode will be up on our Medium page very soon! Also worth checking out the Micromobility Summit that Horace will be hosting on January 31st in the Bay Area. Check out Micromobility.io for early bird tickets. More on that next week. Cheers!
On today’s show we have Boyd Cohen, CEO of Iomob, to discuss building a marketplace operating system for city transportation, and what is enabled having all modes of transport interoperable and discoverable. Specifically, we dig into: - What the benefits to customers and operators are for an open marketplace for mobility. - Why micromobility is specifically well suited to open marketplaces/interoperability. - Why Boyd doesn’t think the current scooter/micromobility operators will survive in their current form. - The benefits and pitfalls of having system wide integrations for all transport options. - How this will scale in the face of competition from Uber, Google Maps and others. Looking forward to seeing many of you at Thursdays Micromobility Summit in the Bay Area! Please come and find us and say hi. As always, let me know what you think on Twitter - @asymco and @oliverbruce Thanks again to our sponsor Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Mention this show
In this episode, we look at Marchetti's constant and why commute times tend to aggregate at under 1 hour per day. In this episode we also cover: - how the 1 hour daily commute has been a constant across time, and how that affects how our cities form. - What the Marchetti's constant is, and how it has driven the explosion in shared scooters and bikes. - the Segway, why it failed and what it can teach us about the emergent micromobility phenomena. - The problems with traditional bikeshare systems, and why new layers of technology have helped this. - The power-network-intelligence matrix for thinking about emergent trends in micromobility. - How networks can creatively use incentives to solve for the limitations of the vehicles Plus a conversation about what both Horace and Oliver think the future might look like in a hidden bit at the end. Transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.
Micromobility has an addressable market of more than $1.4 trillion dollars annually just in the US, a figure that makes it more valuable than longer distance transport addressable by cars. That's the message in this episode where we run through the talk 'When Micromobility Attacks' that Horace gave at the recent Micromobility Summit in Copenhagen. We look at: - how US trip data typically exhibits log-normal disibutions (and an explanation of what this means!) - how many of the 2 trillion vehicle trips taken in the US annually would potentially be served by micromobility (min 20) - how Marchetti's constant (one hour of travel a day) relates to micromobility's benefits (min 23) - how adoption of micromobility would impact car demand, and why this is relevant to automakers (min 26) - why these high volume, short trips are actually more valuable than average car trips on a dollar basis. (min 30) - how time spent travelling will actually drive adoption of micromobility in highly congested cities. (min 34) - Why 3 times more time is spent on short trips than longer trips in vehicles, and the implications for micromobility (min 36) - The impacts this explosion in micromobility might have on carbon emissions and how we can measure that (min 42) Be sure to check out the slides here (https://www.slideshare.net/asymco/when-micromobility-attacks) and the transcript on our Medium page.
On today's episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Corinne Vogel, head of operations at Smide bikeshare based in Zurich, Switzerland. Smide is a high-end e-bike share system, with speed pedelec bikes that travel up to 30mph/45kph. It's using a completely different approach to the rapid blanket approach from e-scooter rollouts we're seeing elsewhere. It's a fascinating discussion. Specifically, we touch on: - who and what their customers are, why they choose Smide over other options and how this parallels to iPhone market positioning. - the importance of having good relationships with cities (and how they're loved by the governments they work with) - their unique crowdlending model for financing the launch of new cities - how they deploy user incentives to help load-balance the network, and the importance of having vehicles that go >70km / 50miles per charge As always, please find the transcript of the show on our Medium page, or let us know what you think on Twitter at @asymco or @oliverbruce. Thanks!
In today’s episode we unpack more about the latest data on micromobility adoption, what this implies for the total addressable market of micromobility and then run over the details of the upcoming Micromobility California event. Specifically, we touch on: - The speed of adoption curves for scooters compared to other technology platforms in the past. - The environmental impacts that we might be able to imply from using lightweight electric vehicles. - Who will be attending the Micromobility California event, as well as who might find it interesting. - The details on who will be presenting. Many thanks to Joyride.city, our sponsors for the episode. Joyride does a full stack solution for bike and scooter share systems, allowing companies to focus on what matters for dockless system operators. As always, a transcript of the episode can be found on our Medium page, at medium.com/micromobility Brought to you by: Joyride (Start your own scooter or bike share system today. See more at www.Joyride.city. Make sure to mention the Micromobility podcast (via the contact form on the website or when you call) and receive your first month for free).
In this episode we discuss the recent Bird Platform announcement, why this was predictable given the dynamics of the market, and how franchising might evolve in the future. We also cover: - Dediu’s Law: Horace’s thesis that we’ll see 10x growth annually for the next 5-6 years in micromobility trip numbers. - how challenges related to social technologies like local bureaucracy/current scooter caps will be overcome. - The VeloMetro/Veemo shared covered trike system that has emerged in Vancouver and whether this is likely to catch on. Our sponsor for the show is Joyride, a software platform that lets you launch your own bike or scooter share system under your brand, with full consumer facing apps, and backend fleet management and integrations. Check them out at Joyride.city As always, let me know what you think on Twitter - @asymco and @oliverbruce
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Started
Aug 28th, 2018
Latest Episode
Mar 1st, 2019
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No. of Episodes
22
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