The Status of the Billion Dollar Kick Scooter Sharing Industry
In fact, besides Bird, Lime, Spin and Skip nobody has actually launched a working fleet yet, but there are a lot of them coming and at the moment it is a race who gets there first.
German Bike industry about to follow the football team. The self-destruction of a world champion.
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The week before annual world's leading bicycle exhibition Eurobike in Germany domestic news magazine Der Spiegel titles "Es war einmal ein starkes Land" - once upon a time there has been a strong country. The story explains how all three society pillars have brought themselves into a deep crises by an egomaniacal, risk avoiding and arrogant attitude. Successful innovators became saturated world champions, uninspired and slow.
Announcement of Eurobike 2018
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Berliner Fahrradschau 2018
Diamond Display: small device - huge effect
With Diamond Display COMODULE offers a smart companion to open e-bike systems. On the size of a two Euro coin (1.05”) the bike rider sees all important riding information. The display also connects with smartphone for an enhanced product experience.
5 Learnings from the Scooter Sharing Industry
How Internet of Things is Transforming Bicycle & Scooter Industry?
Internet of Things (IoT) has become a modern tech buzzword in almost every industry: from internet-connected fridges to smart toilets. Some say that IoT “changes everything” and others tell that this is “just another hype”. When it comes to bicycles & scooters, we believe that IoT has huge potential to transform bike/scooter industry:
get more people on sustainable mode of transportation;
provide better (customer) services;
enable new business models;
outpace your competition
How bike manufacturers can benefit from digitalization in 3 steps
Since the electrification of the bicycle strongly affected the industry we have observed an ongoing trend among e-bike manufacturers: companies who increase their development department vs. companies who fully rely on their supplier and develop towards being assembler and distributor only. The recent acquisition of connectivity provider COBI by Bosch e-Bike systems can be seen as another indicator for the scenery where supplier dictates the vehicles on-board technology completely.
BOSCH ACQUIRES COBI: GOOD AND BAD NEWS FOR MANUFACTURERS
The bike industry is dominated by supplying companies like no other industry: Supplier R&D departments usually define new standards for the manufacturers’ bikes, supplier brands help to sell. The problems for manufacturers are obvious:
Manufacturers get addicted to suppliers as they lack in own development power
Products can distinguish themselves from their competition by the price tag only
Transformation of urban commuting
Cties like Oslo, Madrid, Milan, Brussels, Helsinki, Athens & Copenhagen pledged to ban or reduce diesel cars and adopt alternative ways of transportation within the next 5-10 years. Private companies are also setting up car-free projects. For example, BMW is creating a ''Hyperloop'' for bikes & e-bikes where riders will be cycling under a clear ceiling. All these examples showcase that cities are already implementing a strategy where combustion cars shall be replaced from various kinds of light vehicles, such as e-scooters, three-wheeler and bicycles.
Smart City Expo 2017
The primary message of this year’s Smart City Expo is that more than ever, what happens in cities is shaping our world. The future of the world's urban population will mostly be built in our lifetimes. The challenges we face are immense and only by working together will we be able to tackle them.
The rise of scooter sharing
Scooter sharing initiated in San Francisco about 5 years ago. The past 2 years has been a tremendous growth. Nowadays there are around 30 cities with scooter sharing schemes and the majority of them are located in Europe. Most of the cities host multiple operators, and this is a clear sign that the market size is big enough, which allows multiple players to be protagonists. The biggest fleets so far are in Berlin, Paris and Barcelona. About half of the European fleet is concentrated in those cities. For instance, in Berlin there are couple of thousands of scooters, as well as in Paris and Barcelona. For the time being, the operators with the largest fleets are COUP, emmy, Cityscoot & eCooltra. Nevertheless, there are also plenty of new ‘’rising stars’’ which have entered the market dynamically, such as goUrban in Vienna, EVO in Oberhausen, etc.
Taichung Bike Week 2017
1) The time has come for autonomous IoT solutions
2) The days of one-time-sales seem to be counted
goUrban offers Scooters for Sharing in Vienna
We are more than happy to see our Austrian scooter sharing partner goUrban to expand their fleet in Vienna. This is another great example of how COMODULE’s technology is the backbone of sharing operations which ensures the efficient function of the whole system.
Autonomy Fair Paris 2017
Review Eurobike 2017
1.400 exhibitors from 100 countries presented their products to 43,000 business visitors, 1700 journalists and 22,000 bike fans on public days. For COMODULE the third edition of exhibiting brought some helpful insights and the certainty that we are providing the right product for the current market situation:
EVO Scooter Sharing in Oberhausen
Thanks to COMODULE’s sharing technology and Kumpan’s Electric Scooters, the German energy supplier Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG is now offering vehicles for rental! Everyone who is at least 18 years old, has a driving license of class B, a smartphone and a bank account, can enjoy the ride with the orange-coloured e-scooters.
Certified quality management by ISO
COMODULE’s quality management processes have been certified by ISO 9001. These standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is permanently improved. In August 2017 COMODULE company processes have been attested to follow latest ISO 9001:2015 norm.
The Connected Cyclist: The Bike Industry’s next Big Market
COMODULE participated in the Connected Cyclist Conference, organized from European Cyclists Federation and ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club). Kristjan Maruste, COMODULE’s CEO, participated in the Panel discussion regarding Smart Integration from & Into the Bike. Together with Jim Meyer from Quarq & Dirk Sandrock from Momes, they shared their learnings about smart product development, as well as the new monetisation opportunities which arise.
Redefining Connectivity at Eurobike 2017
After winning the Eurobike Gold Award with their first customer COBOC in 2015 COMODULE is redefining connectivity at Eurobike 2017.
Connected bike has meant that the bike is able to communicate with the user´s smartphone over Bluetooth. Recently a more advanced solution enables to track the bike over GSM network. Whereas both of these solutions are great technical gadgets the question of what is the real value has always remained. COMODULE believes in creating a service layer on top of connectivity.
Ansmann’s “Bluetooth Direct-Connect” Industry Solutions is Powered by COMODULE
The lightest e-bike systems for city bikes launches integrated smart features. Ansmanns’ new battery management systems provide a Bluetooth interface powered by COMODULE. User, bike manufacturer and Ansmann will leverage from the connected platform consisting of the smartphone application and the cloud based analytics and notification dashboard.
Klever Adds Connectivity to 2018 E-Bikes
Fazua Evation: High-Tech meets IoT
BMZ Drive Solutions offers connectivity solution with COMODULE
BMZ GmbH integrates additional connectivity solutions for the BMZ Drive System. A smartphone is used to link the E-bike to an intelligent network. This brings new features to the vehicle like social media community interactions. The smartphone also serves the cyclist as an on-board computer, providing information on the battery and motor. At the same time, the rider can easily change vehicle settings. BMZ is working on connectivity with the German-Estonian technology company COMODULE. With its connectivity solutions, BMZ GmbH is a leader in this forward-thinking trend within the E-bike segment.
Top 5 news from ConCarExpo 2017
Europe's biggest exhibition for connected vehicles, autonomous driving and IT security took place in July in Berlin. Focus of this year’s edition of the event was on digitalization as the key technology on the way to the full automated and connected driving experience.
Velo-City 2017 Netherlands - Arnhem -Nijmegen
Main theme of Velo-city 2017 was ‘’The Freedom of Cycling’’. This conference joined 1,500 delegates from 80 different countries all over the world. There were also other substantial themes which were elaborated during the fair like Governance and Policy Development, Health and Sustainability, Infrastructure, Social and Equity Aspects, Bikenomics, and Urban Development!
You are what you share
Today, 54% of the world’s population resides in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to 66% by 2050. For that reason, the planning of sustainable urbanization is a vital element to successful development. The way people commute around the cities is an integral part of everyday life, since it affects productivity, security, health and global warming, among other things. Based on World Economic Forum’s evidences (2017) plenty of cities all over the world including Paris, Brussels, Oslo, Madrid, London and Hamburg, have decided to reduce or ban diesel cars from their city centres within next years. Governments have acknowledged that conventional car-centric model will eventually lead cities to collapse due to the health implications and space management problems it causes.
COMODULE at Automotive Barcelona: Talking About the Importance of Connectivity
COMODULE participated successfully at the Automobile Barcelona Fair as one of the start-ups finalists powered by Ficosa. During this fair COMODULE had the opportunity to pitch about the future of urban mobility in front of investors and corporations from the automotive sector. At the same time, there were some great learning points taken from other thought leaders who participated in this event, who pointed out the significance of connectivity for automobile industry in the next 10 years.
Taipei Cycle Show Insights & Trends
COMODULE had successful presence at one of the most important trade shows of the industry – Taipei Cycle Show. COMODULE was exhibiting at the fair in conjunction with its strategic partner - AVS Electronics. AVS Electronics - headquartered at the heart of the bicycle industry (Taipei, Taiwan) and with 15 years of experience in consumer/bicycle electronics has provided us shortcut access to the industry’s know-how. Following post is outlining reasons why Tapei Cycle was important milestone in COMODULE long-term strategy and which are the main insights/trends in the industry.
COMODULE and Accelerated Systems form Partnership
Taipei, Taiwan March 22nd 2017. Accelerated Systems (ASi) and COMODULE have formed a partnership on the back of continued mutual customers, and their vision for the future. The partnership will see COMODULE’s connectivity board and ASi’s controller boards integrated to work together, providing customers with a huge variety of customized options from data mapping to component choices.
Clean Motion Partnered with COMODULE to Introduce Connected Services
The Light Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Clean Motion AB has signed an agreement with the Global Connectivity Provider COMODULE GmbH. The scope of this partnership is to create the next generation of smart vehicles, called ZbeeConnect. Clean Motion is a Swedish company that develops three wheel electric vehicles. Zbee is a lightweight vehicle which is environmentally friendly and highly efficient. Thanks to its small size Zbee meets the needs of contemporary transportation and at the same time offers safety and flexibility to the drivers. COMODULE is a German company which builds full stack connectivity for light vehicles. This includes Hardware (Bluetooth, GSM/GPS), end-user interface (mobile application) and an on-line platform (remote vehicle analysis and customer support) This turnkey solution enables the users to collect data from the vehicle, monitor it and control it with a tap of a button!
How to prepare for Eurobike?
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Tesla Model 3: a connected statement for the electric vehicle revolution.
coModule featured in “Life in Estonia”: Tesla grade connectivity to light electric vehicles
Silicon Tallinn: coModule featured in the official magazine of Volkswagen Group
How manufacturers can win big if they focus on Internet of Things
Internet of Things, or IoT, has become a modern tech buzzword. From toasters and toilets to Teslas, everyone is talking about connected technology. We are constantly dazzled by IoT feature-sets (“A fridge that talks to your cooker! An Amazon button to order detergent!”), but where is the real value in these? Just check out The Internet of Useless Things, or The Atlantic’s great piece on The Internet of Things you Don’t Really Need for more examples of application of IoT over functionality.
The award that means more than just recognition
German-based bicycle manufacturer Coboc partnered up with coModule to create an ultimate connected
urban e-bike. Clear indication of thriving innovation born in partnership got confirmed at Eurobike 2015 – the biggest bicycle fair in the world. Connected commuter-type Coboc was awarded with Eurobike Gold Award – the highest recognition a new product can receive in the bike industry.