Populus and Lime team up to share vehicle data through mobility platform IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP FOR cities
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. December 4, 2018 — Populus, a platform that helps cities access and utilize data from shared bikes and scooters for policy and planning, has signed an new agreement with Lime to provide data to city transportation planners to support their recent launch of free-floating car-sharing, known as LimePod.
Through this new partnership, Populus will receive real-time data from Lime’s shared car fleet through a standardized format to report on parking utilization and deliver other key insights to cities. With the mass arrival of dockless bikes and scooters, cities around the world have mandated and received locational data from bikes and scooters for policy and planning.
This new agreement between Populus and Lime marks the first agreement by a major operator of shared cars to proactively deliver GPS based fleet data through a trusted, third-party platform for data transparency to a city. Although cities across the country have been successful in requiring that dockless bike and scooter data be shared with third-party platforms such as Populus since they first began to arrive on city streets, this expansion with Lime for car-sharing reporting and parking validation is significant because it paves a much-needed path forward for cities and private mobility operators to coordinate for efficient curbside utilization of shared vehicles.
“Lime is committed to partnering with local governments as we launch new services,” said Emily Warren, Senior Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Lime. “We’re excited to work with Populus to deliver data that will help the City of Seattle evaluate the use of curb space and develop new parking strategies that will help reduce vehicle ownership.”
Populus is the first mobility data platform to provide cities with insights with data directly from operators of shared bikes, scooters, and cars. By working collaboratively with the public sector and mobility operators, Populus delivers essential insights to cities on how people’s transportation choices and travel patterns are changing.
“As new mobility services continue to expand, cities need access to better information for policy and planning. Populus is a leader in delivering shared mobility data to cities to evaluate how they are being used and to plan for the future,” says Don MacKenzie, an engineering professor at the University of Washington and expert on shared mobility.
The Populus platform is currently being used by cities from coast to coast to evaluate and plan for shared mobility services, including dockless electric scooters and bikes. Their secure, third-party solution, Populus Mobility Manager, helps cities easily access real-time data from private operators develop data-driven policies and plan infrastructure to accommodate new mobility solutions.
“Populus works hand-in-hand with cities and mobility operators to help deliver safer, more efficient streets for all people - through better data.” said Regina Clewlow, CEO and Co-Founder of Populus. “We’re excited to partner with Lime in Seattle to deliver a solution that can help the city assess curb use with shared vehicle data. Mobility services such as free-floating car-sharing, dockless bikes and scooters are providing new alternatives for people to get around without owning a car. With better data on how these services are being used, cities and the private sector can work more collaboratively to design a better transportation future.”
The Populus platform is currently used by cities from coast to coast to evaluate and plan for new mobility services, including shared electric scooters, bikes, and cars. Their secure, third-party data platform helps cities easily make use of real-time data from private mobility operators, providing transportation planners with the tools they need to develop informed policies and plan new infrastructure such as bike (or scooter) parking areas, bike/scooter lanes, and curbside space dedicated to shared cars. Founded by transportation PhDs from MIT and UC Berkeley who are leading experts on shared mobility and the future of transportation, the Populus team combines over 30 years of experience building software for cities. Populus is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Lime is about people. Lime is connecting people with the cities they live in. Lime is about empowering urban mobility.
Lime is the first and only shared smart mobility solution provider that has a multimodal fleet, which includes Lime-Classic (1, 3 and 8 speed); Lime-E (electric-assist bike), Lime-S (electric scooters), and LimePods, carshare reimagined.
Lime can be found in major global cities like: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, Berlin, Paris, and many others. Lime is currently in over 125 markets.
Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime is changing urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders.
Funded by Silicon Valley’s leading firms, Lime is based in San Francisco, CA and Amsterdam. Learn more at www.li.me