Smart City

10 Startups’ Solutions for Smart Mobility


Smart cities can become smarter by improving ease of mobility so inhabitants and visitors can take full advantage of all a city has to offer. Inefficient transit pollutes the city and makes the daily routine a daily battle. The European Environment Agency published in 2019 that over 400,000 early deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution.

Poor mobility also comes with the much less intense, but still very real repercussions of poor health, stress and general annoyance from traffic (sitting in it, hearing it, etc). The TomTom traffic index revealed that Parisians spend 134 hours per year sitting in traffic, while Athenians spend around 131 hours. That’s a lot of podcasts.

Innovation within the mobility sector can improve air quality and bring precious time and energy saved on commuting back to our days. These ten companies are getting onto the streets (and into the air) to rethink the way we move in cities.

Small, Sleek, Sustainable: UrmO’s Collapsible Electric Hoverboard

UrmO’s fundraising round through Kickstarter has landed the company 194,000 EUR in pre-orders. It has also sealed deals with undisclosed distribution partners across Germany. These early successes seem to be paving a smooth road for the mobility startup, who plans to distribute the pre-ordered vehicles in the coming months.

what3words Helps Rescue Services by Putting Everything on the Map

Notably, the smart mobility startup made news several times this year for its implementation in emergency rescue services. Amazingly, police in the UK used the app to locate people who were lost in the woods.

Look to the Skies: Electric Urban Jet Mobility is Reality with Lilium

Lilium - the Elevator Pitch. Lilium works in the urban air mobility industry. It is developing air taxi services, faster than and as affordable as...

Ride Like the Wind: Wind Mobility Makes E-Scooters to Green Cities

Wind Mobility has landed 50 million EUR in funding in the last 2 months. Aside from that, the startup steers more towards sustainable mobility than other scooter companies.

Einride’s Autonomous Trucking Hits the Road

The company was a recipient of the 2019 EU Startup mobility prize. Earlier in 2019, the company launched a pilot with its customer partner DB Schenker, meaning that they are close to industry adoption.

Volocopter Plans to Make Drone Flight Available to Human Passengers

Volocopter - the Elevator Pitch. Born in Bruchsal, Germany in 2012, Volocopter has developed a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle purposed for autonomous air...

Urban Air Travel One Mile Closer with Skyports Landing Pads

Skyports demo'd its first brick-and-mortar passenger drone landing pad in Singapore in October. The collaboration with Volocopter is a long awaited milestone in the collective dream of urban air travel.

Easymile Aims to Make Every Mile Easier with Driverless Shuttles

Its autonomous EZ-10 shuttles launched this year at Austin Airport and Berlin Tegel. It is wheelchair accessible, featuring an electric ramp for passengers with limited mobility.

Travel on a Whim with the MaaS Global Transportation Subscription

In 2019 the company has reached 3 million trips on the platform and also received the future unicorn award from Digital Europe. Its unique approach to mobility packaging steps toward a vision for diversified transportation.

Hop Around Town with Cargoroo E-Cargo Bikes

This company landed the 2019 EU startup mobility prize, one of ten recipients. This means it’s got supporters in high places who are willing to bet on its model and who want to see it succeed.

Revolut Raises €460 Million in Series D, Increasing its Value to Over €5 Billion

Revolut, a fintech startup based in the UK, raised...

Jestocke Raises €1.7 Million to Transform Vacant Spaces for Storage

French startup Jestocke raised €1.7 million in an investment...

Urban Air Mobility Leader Volocopter Extends to €87 Million in Series C

Innovative transportation solutions continue to attract investors worldwide. Recently,...

TIER Mobility Soars, Extending Series B Funding to Over €92 Million

The leading European provider of micro-mobility solutions is celebrating...

IVEX Parks €1.2 Million Funding For Safe Driverless Technology

IVEX, a startup from Belgium, raised €1.2 million from investors. The company plans to use this money to push forward the development of its self-driving tools for cars.

Proptech Company Limehome Raises €21 Million To Grow Its Hotel Platform

Limehome is a Munich-based proptech and hospitality company. It...