Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains and other economically important systems, 2020 still managed to produce major tech breakthroughs, as well as thousands of startups. We analyzed 4.236 mobility startups, all of them developing innovative solutions spanning autonomous, shared, connected, and electric mobility solutions. In this report, you will discover 5 emerging mobility startups founded in 2020.
The 5 promising mobility startups you should watch in 2021 were hand-picked based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. The 4.236 companies that were analyzed for this report are identified using the StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. When you are looking for up-to-date mobility solutions for your innovation units, R&D, or product development department, the StartUs Insights Discovery Platform gives you the most exhaustive collection and ensures you continuously discover new startups, scaleups, and technologies.
Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Mobility Startups to Watch in 2021
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 mobility startups, established in 2020, developing technology-driven solutions. Moreover, you can explore global hotspots for mobility startups and even download this graphic to include in your next presentation.
Emerging Technology-driven Mobility Solutions
According to our data, on average, mobility startups & scaleups have raised more than US$ 22 million each in funding for technology-driven solutions in the last 5 years. Discover which technologies take the lead:
Besides the popular autonomous vehicles (AV), mobility startups & scaleups are working on a myriad of solutions based on local infrastructure and requirements. Shared and electric mobility solutions also incorporate novel and sustainable processes to reduce pollution arising due to transportation. However, in 2019, almost 90% of electric vehicle chargers were low-duty chargers installed in residential and commercial spaces. Connected mobility solutions further allow commuters to seamlessly access and switch between various transportation options. Emerging mobility startups also develop solutions for the disruptive taxi and fleet management market.
What opportunities does mobility technology offer?
Mobility startups focus on filling the gaps for transportation providers in terms of data analytics, application programming interface (API) integrations, software development kits (SDKs), and navigation & routing technology. Further, startups allow mobility product design teams to implement sustainable and user-friendly solutions using lightweight materials. Mobility solutions are also predominantly app-based, and mobility technology startups develop programming platforms to allow software development teams to build user-centric mobile apps.
Explore which of these technologies are advanced by startups & scaleups:
5 Mobility Startups to Watch in 2021
Yedlik – Electric Mobility Battery Solutions
Based out of Norway, startup Yedlik recycles lithium-ion batteries used in electric mobility. Yedlik takes advantage of the discarded batteries that are broken but can be rebuilt for reuse. Given the rise of e-mobility and micromobility in the country, Yedlik provides battery solutions for ebike and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers to reduce the waste generated from used batteries. Yedlik takes old batteries through rigorous diagnostics and rebuilds them to the desired specification.
Archer – Air Mobility
The US-based startup Archer builds a commercially viable electric vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) aircraft. The startup designs, manufactures, and operates eVTOLs to fix traffic congestion and promote sustainable transportation. Archer eliminates typical issues with air mobility including high performance, low noise, safety, and certification, as well as the capacity for mass manufacturing. Archer’s eVTOLs have a range of 60 miles (96 km) and travel at 150 miles/hour (240 km/hour). The startup’s performance estimates account for realistic battery pack integration, inaccessible energy at low state-of-charge, emergency reserves, and capacity fade at the end of the life of the battery.
Baja AI – Micromobility
Baja AI is a US-based startup developing Cyberbaja, a solar energy-based micromobility solution. The Cyberbaja EV pod seats 2 adults, travels at a speed of 30 miles/hour (48 km/hour), and can be legally driven on bike lanes. The EV pod incorporates a solar-powered roof and windshield to ensure sufficient energy for travel throughout the year. With a range of 62 miles (100 km) before requiring a recharge, the EV pod completely eliminates the use of cobalt. Further, Cyberbaja also features ultra wide-band (UWB) connectivity to allow smartphone-based controls for EVs.
PowerD – Fleet Management
Dutch startup PowerD offers a suite of solutions for enabling efficient electric mobility. The startup’s smart energy distribution solution is a decentralized system to optimize the battery management of electric vehicles for smart storage and distribution. In this way, the startup improves the management of electric fleets, making them competitive in urban transportation. Besides fleet management, the startup also provides smart charging solutions for EVs. Further, the startup builds a technology platform for managing the whole system of energy production, storage, distribution, and usage. PowerD’s solutions lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as well as the pressure on the energy grid.
Synertics – Mobility Analytics
Germany-based Synertics increases asset productivity and financial viability for mobility companies. The startup’s Driver Deployment solution allows operations managers to efficiently track and deploy drivers. Synertics’ Location Planning solution helps electric infrastructure companies identify commercially-promising locations to build EV infrastructure. These, in combination with its Fleet Analytics solution, allow the startup to offer optimization services to its clients, including predicting the demand for drivers or vehicles at a particular location.
What will 2021 bring for mobility companies?
To stay ahead of the technology curve, it is important that you know which technologies and industry trends will impact your company in 2021. You can explore our curated reports on emerging mobility industry trends & technologies or let us do the work for you. To keep you up-to-date on the latest technology and emerging solutions, we provide you with actionable innovation intelligence – quickly and exhaustively.