Daimler Mobility Services has announced the full acquisition of the Darmstadt-based flinc GmbH. flinc is the leading provider of door-to-door ridesharing for short- and medium-haul routes. The start-up launched the flinc platform for short-distance carpooling in 2011. Today, around half a million customers are registered with the platform. As the first ridesharing solution, flinc was integrated into free floating carsharing platforms, local public transport apps and app-based navigation systems. Many renowned companies use flinc’s corporate ridesharing solution to secure and improve employee mobility.
- flinc is a pioneer in the provision of real-time ridesharing services
- With the acquisition, Daimler further expands its portfolio of innovative mobility services
- Unlike traditional carpooling platforms, flinc mediates short journeys dynamically and from door to door
Daimler Mobility Services includes various mobility services, such as car2go, moovel and mytaxi: with the free floating carsharing company car2go, which launched in 2008, customers have the option of renting a car at any time to drive themselves from A to B. mytaxi is a market leader amongst the taxi hailing apps in Europe. The mobility platform moovel offers on-demand access to various mobility offers, including booking and payment. Furthermore, Daimler is involved in the Blacklane, Careem, FlixBus, Turo and Via companies. A total of 15 million customers are registered with the various Daimler mobility services in over 100 cities in Europe, North America, and China.
Many market research firms claim that the ownership of the vehicles will be the thing of the past, this is also being corroborated by the different events that are unfolding. The automakers are therefore working to transform their business accordingly, these steps that we see are generally the tweaks in the policy setting stage for the bigger changes in future.