Vianova builds location data platform for shared mobility companies and cities • TechCrunch
Meet Vianova, a French startup building a data platform for shared mobility companies and local authorities. The company acts as both a data repository and a data visualization dashboard.
It raised a $6.4m (€6m) Series A funding round led by Baloise VC with XAnge as well as existing investors RATP Capital Innovation and Ponooc also participating.
Many cities have changed drastically with the rise of floating bikes, electric scooters, mopeds and cars that you can unlock with your phone. Cities have also changed their rules over time and embraced micromobility in different ways.
The good news is that these mobility fleets all have some form of connectivity with a GPS chip and a cellular modem. In other words, businesses and local governments can use the data to make these services more efficient and safer for the people who use them and for everyone else in those cities.
Currently, Vianova tracks one million connected vehicles on its platform. Some companies use the platform to manage their fleet and ensure vehicles are in the right place at the right time.
Policy makers and data scientists can also leverage this platform to uncover certain trends. It can be used to improve infrastructure, create slow speed zones or parking areas through geofencing and more.
All of this can be done through a SimCity-like dashboard with map overlays and real-time data. The idea is that you can use Vianova as a real-time dashboard and analysis tool to generate historical reports and see how you are doing, whether you are a mobility company or a local administration.
But a scan tool without any data would be a bit useless. This is why you can combine your own data with different mobility data sources. This can be particularly interesting for cities that want to access data from private companies to better understand what is going on.
For example, the city of Stockholm and Voi both use Vianova to improve shared mobility services in the city. Mobility companies decide who they want to share their data with.
Vianova uses APIs to retrieve data from mobility operators so that you see the data live on the platform. Data may be aggregated and made anonymous.
Vianova’s customers include the cities of Zurich, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Marseille, as well as mobility operators such as Bolt and Voi. Some large infrastructure companies also use the platform, such as RATP, Aéroports de Paris and KTH University.