Bicycle Sharing Industry Presents Itself at Autonomy 2018
PARIS, France – Bike sharing, cargo bikes and a wide offering of connected products and accessories, the mobility market and green solutions are developing rapidly in France and other countries in Europe. This was confirmed at the third edition of the smart urban mobility and micro-mobility show ‘Autonomy’ which took place from 18-20 October in la Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.
Last year, a lot of bike sharing companies like Ofo, GobeeBike, oBike were at Autonomy. With the withdrawal of free-floating actors like GobeeBike, many other companies were missing as well. It does not mean that the bike sharing business is under pressure but it confirms that the free floating model is fragile. For example, Zoov which has unveiled its own system at Autonomy. “With Zoov, you can book an e-bike online and the app guides you via a GPS system to the nearest available one”, explained the company. The Zoov system will be tested from November in the Paris’ suburbs.
A wide range of conferences offered visitors of the event the opportunity to be updated about bike sharing and free floating topics. The main topic were; ‘how to manage a fleet’ and ‘how to develop a connected fleet’. For bike companies like Easy Bike Group and Arcade Cycles Autonomy offered them the opportunity to meet institutional buyers to increase their B2B or B2G business. “About 75 percent of our bikes are produced for these actors,” said Arcade Cycles sales manager Laurent Chaillot.
Dutch Cycling Embassy
On this third edition of Autonomy ,the event also focused on the Dutch know-how in this field with a specific pavilion. This included exhibitors like Cargoroo, Lumiguide, Connectbike, Ring-Ring and Urban Future with its software CyclePrint. Urban Future has attracted institutional buyers in particular as they offer virtual reality solutions for cities by analyzing traffic and modeling flows. Other booths which attracted a lot of attention were those offering connected products like bags by the French start-up Galanck, the keyless lock of Mobilelock and Cosmo presenting its bike helmet light system.