E-scooters and bicycles may see a reemergence as people begin to venture out from their houses amid reopenings.
That’s not to discount the serious damage that the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt to the micromobility industry, especially in the early days when people were hesitant to leave their homes and demand plummeted. Bird and Lime laid off a collective 450+ employees between March and April.
But it’s hard to overlook the benefits of a single-rider, open air transit alternative that allows for control over social distancing and has fewer points of contact than a bus or train would. Europe’s already enabling this shift, closing off miles of roads for scooters, bikes, and pedestrians.
We dive into what micromobility looks like around the world, leaders across the space, and the obstacles that these transportation solutions are facing amid the Covid-19 crisis in this report.
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Watching you while you sleep
Apple announced a sleep tracking feature for its smart watch during its WWDC keynote.
The tech giant's push into healthcare — especially through its Apple Watch — was one of the tech trends we predicted for 2020. Take a look at the rest here.
Thank you for being you, Florida
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Making my way downtown, scootin' fast
Squeezing onto a crowded subway is not exactly the ideal way to get around in these times.
We dive into how Covid-19 could help accelerate the resurgence of scooters and bikes in our micromobility report.
One step at a time
Mercedes is joining forces with Nvidia to roll out software that will eventually allow autonomous driving in its vehicles.
These corporations aren’t the only companies building out the self-driving future. See the rest here.
Got my diploma from Zoom University
Some schools are already looking at reopening campuses for the fall.
Clients can read more about what a classroom experience may look like in a post-Covid world here.
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