Smart Cities, where intelligent apps always find the ideal means of transport, are one of the most important topics of the future for the mobility industry. in-tech aims to provide smart solutions for this mobility of the future. In addition to topics such as electromobility, autonomous driving or car sharing, the company’s focus is therefore also on multimodal mobility – the seamless interchange between different modes of transport. Together with the innogy Innovation Hub, in-tech decided to sign an investment in the mobility startup Rydies, which develops platform for urban short-distance mobility.
Andreas Nelskamp is known for his work in various projects in the field of “New Mobility”. Among other things he was decisively involved in the development of car2go (Carsharing by Daimler). The start-up Rydies, founded in mid-2017, will focus primarily on the key issues of short-distance mobility and services for digitization and connectivity. Rydies wants to bundle all relevant information in one platform: offers, information, booking and payment functions for bicycles, e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-microscooters and similar small vehicles. The core element is the connectivity of existing services around urban short-distance mobility. With one click, users get an overview of rental stations as well as parking, sharing and charging possibilities. This promotes everyday mobility by answering questions such as: Where can one safely park one’s bicycle at work or dinner? Where can you rent a cargo bike for shopping? Or how can the e-bike be loaded for the next tour?
Platform offers B2B2C functions
Rydies primarily addresses mobility and transport companies, public transport companies and map providers who want to use information, booking and payment of “everyday mobility” for their own apps or web applications. “For example, railway companies could use Rydies to integrate safe parking facilities for private bicycles and bicycle rental offers in the vicinity of stations into their own app,” says in-tech CEO Christian Wagner.
With in-tech into the mobility of the future
“Connected services”, which connect different forms of mobility and their infrastructure are also a focus of in-tech. The engineering company works on the connection of vehicles, buses, trains, e-bikes, charging stations etc. as well as on suitable services for car sharing, parking lot searches, e-mobility charging options and much more. The company expects the investment in Rydies to be an ideal complement to this. “With in-tech, Rydies has found a partner who can contribute its extensive competence in software engineering,” says founder and managing director Andreas Nelskamp.
Worldwide deployment planned for 2021
From January 2018 onwards, the further technical development of the platform will start, in which in-tech will play a decisive role and will take over a part of the development scope. Gradually, the platform and functions are to be expanded further and will also be used in other countries. A worldwide deployment of the platform in 2021 is the declared goal.