Compiled by Stephanie Hagen, Director of Content, Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Company

Last year we exclaimed that 2019 could be crowned as the year of M&M — MaaS & Microbility — and predicted that these trends would continue to take cities by storm in 2020. Well, we were sort of right… and while these two topics are still at the center of the mobility conversation, COVID-19 has placed them in an entirely new context. Unsuprisingly, this has been reflected in many of the articles published on the Urban Mobility Daily and despite the unpredictability of the past year, these articles might just give us some hints as to what to expect in an otherwise uncertain 2021.

So, without further delay, here are our readers’ favorite articles from the past year: 

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1. The COVID-19 Shared Mobility Action Plan

By Augustin Friedel, Shared Mobility Expert & Stephanie Hagen, Director of Content, Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Company
Published 01 April 2020
To the surprise of no one, a pandemic which forces city dwellers around the world to stay inside is holding negative consequences for shared mobility providers. So, what are private operators in this sector doing to keep business afloat, meet shifting demands and help those in need during this crisis? Augustin Fridel and Stephanie Hagen take a look at some of the  trends surrounding the reponses of Shared Mobility companies across the globe.

2. Your Guide to the French Mobility Orientation Law

By the Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Company Team 
Published 27 March 2020
At the end of 2019, the French government approved a set of sweeping reforms known as the French Mobility Orientation Law (or the LOM in French) that are set to radically transform the county’s mobility sector. The LOM not only seeks to reduce CO2 emissions by encouraging greener forms of transportation but also to facilitate the operation of new mobility services in France. The Autonomy & UMCo team is proud to present the first ever white paper in English on the LOM, to help you understand where some of the biggest, new business opportunties can be found in the French mobility market.

3. (New) Future of Mobility: Likely Winners and Losers

By Marc Amblard, Founder & Managing Director, Orsay Consulting
Published 20 May 2020
It may be hard to feel like a “winner” in any capacity during the curent crisis, but what’s clear is that there are certain mobility players that may come out the other side of the pandemic stronger and others who, well, may not end up so lucky. Marc Amblard details a number of outcomes we might be seeing in the coming months and years for all the major actors in the mobility industry and some of his predictions just might surprise you.

4. The Business Case for Cargo Bikes

By Tom Parr, Co-Organizer of the International Cargo Bike Festival 
Published 10 October 2020
As traffic volumes increase in our city centres, partly fuelled by deliveries from a COVID boosted e-commerce sector, organisations are looking for a silver bullet for urban logistics. But has it been sitting right here under our noses all this time? Tom Parr argues that the seemingly humble cargo bikes is perhaps the, fastest, greenest and most economical way to carry out last-mile deliveries in cities and should be elevated from it’s current position as a niche technology to a widespread solution.

5. COVID-19 Mobility Landscape: Europe vs United States

By Scott Shepard, Chief Business Officer, Iomob Technologies
Published 26 May 2020
Over the past years we have seen a number of disruptions in the mobility sector and now the most recent one, COVID-19, is revealing just how various members of the ecosystem have been reacting to these trends. Scott Shepard takes a fascinating look at how these seperate reponses are laying bare the very different approaches which Europe and the United States are taking towards mobility overall and what this means for the future of the industry on these two continents.

6. Walking as a Service (WaaS) – Does it Have Legs?

By Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol
Published on 11 June 2020
“I just walked – last two days in London between multiple locations. No bus. No tube. No Uber. No bike. Thanks to a major new innovative collaboration between Google Maps and my new desert boots – called ‘Walking as a Service’”, so states Glenn Lyons. Read on to discover Lyon’s exploration of a familiar yet radical concept which may be low-tech, yet hardly low-profit.

7. The Future of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) : Which Model Will Win Through?

By Mehdi Essaidi, Vice-President at Capgemini, Claire Duthu, Manager at Capgemini Invent and Ross Douglas, CEO & Founder of Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Company
Published 03 December 2020
‘If MaaS is such a great idea, why hasn’t it been fully adopted yet?’ Ah yes, the popular question plaguing MaaS players and PTOs/PTAs alike. Which is why Mehdi Essaidi, Claire Duthu and Ross Douglas have joined forces to analyze the different stakeholders and dynamics shaping the as-is MaaS landscape in Europe. Discover their  predictions as to  what the future of MaaS might look like and which models of MaaS could win through.

8. How to Win a Mobility Tender: Insights from the Paris Scooter Operators

By Rebecca Sands, Content & Project Manager at Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Company
Published 16 September 2019
There are few things as straightforward as winning a tender that set companies apart from the competition. In what was publicised as one of the most highly coveted e-scooter licenses, the Urban Mobility Daily sat down with the winners of the Paris Request for Proposal – Lime, Dott, and Tier Mobility – to understand how they met the city’s criteria, what are the most important values that e-scooter companies should base their operations on, and how other mobility companies can be successful in highly competitive contexts.

9. Is Multimodal MaaS Just for Big Cities?

By Venkatesh Gopal, Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Movmi
Published 12 November 2020
When we talk about Mobility as a Service, we often focus on how it will change the life of citizens in major urban centers such as Paris, Berlin or London, but what about the “little guys”? Venkatesh Gopal  looks at the transportation plans for 20 smaller cities across North America and Europe and makes a compelling case for how MaaS or an integrated multimodal shared mobility strategy can be implemented in cities of all sizes.

10. Sustainable Mobility at the Heart of Business Transformation

By Jane Hoffer, CEO, GoWithFlow
Published 08 July 2020
As the traditional role of “Fleet Manager” evolves into that of a “Corporate Mobility Manager”, many companies are now wondering what the best way forward is in order to cut both their costs and carbon footprint. The answer may not be as simple as replacing gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles, and according to Jane Hoffer, sustainable mobility isn’t a fleet management problem — it’s actually about resource management. Read on to discover how Sustainable Mobility Resource Management can help your company adopt greener, cheaper and more reliable mobility options.

Bonus: The Virtual Urban Mobility Workshops 

Looking for something to watch over the holidays? We’ve got you covered! In May UMCo launched the Virtual Urban Mobility Workshops and for the past seven months, have teamed up with partners from across the mobility ecosystem including Moovit, SAP, Hogan Lovells, Siemens Advanta Consulting, Systra, Choose Paris Region POLIS Network, MaaS Alliance and Women in Mobility to bring you a series of interative and dynamic webinars, all of which are available on replay.  Happy watching!

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