PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--moovel Group GmbH announced today the successful merger of Austin, TX-based RideScout and Portland, OR-based GlobeSherpa as moovel North America, LLC. Simply referred to as “moovel,” the company works to bring mobility solutions for public and alternative transportation options to North American cities through two distinctive but complementary products: moovel transit and RideTap.
“moovel is working to create a future for urban mobility. We want all forms of transportation, from public transit to rideshare to on-demand ride apps, to break out of their silos and become organized into one well-connected experience, with public transit as the foundational core,” said Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America and co-founder/former CEO of GlobeSherpa. “Transportation is no longer just a question of options, but of convenience and ease of use. Our exceptional teams in Portland and Austin are in pursuit of the most seamless experience for both transportation providers and consumers to define the future of mobility.”
The solutions provided by moovel work to organize all transportation information and booking/payment options into one connected experience for transportation providers, app companies, and consumers through these two products:
- moovel transit: The industry leader in public transit mobile ticketing and payment solutions. The moovel transit platform, formerly GlobeSherpa’s TransitSherpa platform, is a suite of white-labeled mobile ticketing and payment solutions for the most innovative public transit authorities in North America. moovel transit also helps public transit apps integrate with the rest of the urban transportation ecosystem, including first/last mile options like bike share and on-demand car services. Mobile ticketing is ushering the future of transportation, bringing every transit provider and millions of riders into the ecosystem of modern, urban mobility. Currently moovel transit has 13 clients in the US. (full list can be viewed here)
- RideTap: A Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows any app to leverage a network of transportation partners in one easy integration. An evolution of the RideScout app’s functionality to power shared-use mobility, people using apps with RideTap installed will be able to easily find nearby ride options based on where they are right now. For example, transit apps can use RideTap to solve common first/last mile issues, or a messaging or restaurant review app can integrate RideTap to help their users get to their final destination. Through the RideTap network and the RideTap SDK, both transportation and non-transportation apps can provide a frictionless, real-time multimodal experience to their users. Currently operating in private beta, RideTap is piloting its first program in Portland, Ore. through the TriMet Tickets mobile app, where riders can request a Lyft or reserve a car2go. The product will launch to a broader audience later this year.
moovel Group GmbH was founded by Daimler, the company that invented the automobile and owns Mercedes-Benz, in order to seek answers to urban transportation challenges and discover new technologies to affect the way we’ll move tomorrow. The global urban population is projected to grow approximately 1.84% per year between 2015 and 2020. This is in addition to the already demanding needs of public transportation riders who in 2014 took over 10.8 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership number in 58 years. Daimler recognizes that increasing urbanization combined with the rise of the sharing economy has presented a new way to create transportation services for commuters of tomorrow.
“At moovel, we believe that mobility should be an ecosystem; a group of interconnected transportation modes that form the fabric of our cities. Our goal is to innovate within this ecosystem, providing more choices and convenience to customers worldwide,” said Jörg Lamparter, global CEO moovel Group GmbH. “Through moovel, Daimler is in pursuit of the best advancements that push the status quo with interoperable products built for transit agencies, app developers, and end consumers.”
Co-founders and former CEOs of GlobeSherpa and RideScout will take executive roles at moovel. Nat Parker, co-founder and former CEO of GlobeSherpa, is now CEO of moovel N.A.; Joseph Kopser, co-founder and former CEO of RideScout, is now president of moovel Group GmbH. Both report to Jörg Lamparter, global CEO of moovel Group GmbH.
For more information on moovel North America, visit moovel.com/US.
About moovel N.A.
moovel N.A. LLC, a part of moovel Group GmbH, enables seamless multimodal experiences and connected transit commerce through mobile applications. Led by CEO Nat Parker, moovel is headquartered in Portland, OR with a second office in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit www.moovel.com/US.
moovel Group GmbH was founded by Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz, with the global mission to find solutions for the disconnected and ever-changing state of urban transportation and to discover how new technologies will affect the way we’ll move tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.moovel-group.com.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today. The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of alternative drive trains with the long-term goal of emission-free driving: from hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles powered by battery or fuel cell. Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards accident-free driving and intelligent connectivity all the way to autonomous driving. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, and Daimler Financial Services' brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel, car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2015, the Group sold around 2.9 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 284,015 people; revenue totalled €149.5 billion and EBIT amounted to €13.2 billion.