April 23, 2024

Vianova Signs Deal With Brussels To Manage E-Scooter Fleets

Mobility data analytics platform Vianova has struck a deal with Brussels to help city authorities manage fleets of e-scooters on its streets.

Like many major European cities, Brussels has seen an influx of e-scooter and bike-sharing companies. Several operators, including Dott and Bolt, have fleets in the city.

Often using their convenience, these companies have faced backlash from residents over the years regarding dangerous riding and reckless parking, resulting in city ​​officials clamping down on the vehicles.

To help tackle that problem, French start-up Vianova has enlisted the help of Brussel Mobility, the city’s transport agency.

He developed a software platform for city authorities and companies to manage the range of different transport options that have overtaken cities in recent years, from e-scooter rentals to ride-hailing.

These options have presented residents with more variety in how they commute and travel but have introduced many more moving parts to manage across the city, along with existing traditional public transportation.

Vianova says it can help city planners make sense of space in the city and how it is allocated. This could be identifying streets where e-scooters are causing problems, implementing slow zones for micro-mobility vehicles or managing spaces overrun with cars that could be diverted to ease congestion.

The contract will last for one year with the possibility of an additional three years.

“Brussels is one of the growing urban hubs in Europe and the people who live there want a way to move around that is safe, sustainable and accessible,” said Vianova chief executive Thibault Castagne.

“We are pleased to reaffirm our partnership with Brussels Mobility and support the region in leading the way in the shared mobility transition by providing data-driven insights that will reduce pavement congestion, make the streets safer, and encourage even more people to use shared mobility options.”

Martin Lefrancq, new mobility policy advisor at Brussels Mobility, welcomed the market and said that shared mobility is “the future of transport.”

This contradicts the attitude of other places in Europe that have sought to limit the spread of e-scooters, for example in Italy or Paris, which held a referendum in April in which residents voted to push e-scooter sharing companies out of the city.

Meanwhile Vianova has been active for four years and has operations in 60 cities, recently expanding to the Middle East. He raised a €6 million Series A round late last year.

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