Bosch launches connected scooter sharing service in Berlin
Industrial group Bosch is entering the consumer mobility sector with the launch of a connected scooter sharing service in Berlin.
Coup is the name of a new connected scooter sharing service launched in Berlin by industrial group Bosch, in partnership with BCG Digital Ventures, the corporate venturing subsidiary of the Boston Consulting Group. “We have jointly developed Coup based on the MVP principle (minimum viable product). We are now quickly entering the market with a basic version to ‘test and learn’ together with our users in order to further refine our service,” says Mat Schubert, responsible for the Mobility Services project at Bosch and CEO of Coup Mobility GmbH. “In the near future, we will see which urban areas have the highest demand. On this basis, we will then gradually expand our service.”
The launch of the service is Bosch’s first consumer-oriented concessions business within the mobility services sector. “Coup wants to help overcome the urban mobility challenge,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the project. “Mobility requirements and demands are changing. Bosch wants to shape this change with their own mobility and service solutions.”
The connected scooter sharing service works similarly to bicycle and electric car sharing schemes that have spread across European cities. To use one of the 200 connected electric scooters, drivers will be charged a flat-rate of €3 for 30 minutes or €20 for the whole day. Because the vehicles have a maximum speed of 45 km/h, any car or motorcycle driving license holder over 21 can use them. Users can check availability, book and pay for the connected scooter sharing service via a mobile application. Opening the helmet box is also controlled by the smartphone application, which is connected to the scooter via bluetooth. After reaching their destination, drivers can simply drop off the scooter anywhere in the city center and Coup will handle the charging. The first 200 connected scooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
The scooters are produced by Asian electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro.
Smartening up large cities
Besides Coup, Bosch is also working on other solutions to alleviate some of the challenges faced by large cities, including traffic jams and parking space shortage. Bosch is indeed working on solutions for connected parking management, cloud-based fleet management, and app-based mobility assistants supporting the use of different transport types.
Mobility Solutions, with expertise in automation, electrification and connectivity, is Bosch Group’s largest business unit, generating sales of €41.7 billion in 2015, or 59 percent of total group sales.
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