As part of Germany Week, we’re revisiting an Auto Futures interview with Gunnar Froh, founder and CEO at Wunder Mobility.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Hamburg-based Wunder was inspired by how quickly mobility companies reacted to the pandemic by changing their offerings to assist those in need, such as healthcare workers and small businesses.
In partnership with the World Economic Forum, Hertz, Allianz Automotive, Voi and Share Now, the Hamburg-based company launched #WeAllMove – a collaborative and open digital platform
At the time, Froh told us: “As the crisis began to unfold, the support that the mobility industry showed for their communities left a huge impression on us, but it also made us aware of a need for a centralized portal or tool where workers could get in touch with providers in their area. That’s when we realized we could also do our part by creating the weallmove.co platform.
“Not only that, we believe in collaboration and sharing responsibility as the way to move,” he says.
Since its launch, mobility providers from over 38 countries and 200 cities have already made their services available on the platform, and the numbers are growing by the day.
In a press release, Dr. Maya Ben Dror, Lead Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum, stated: “WeAllMove’s one-stop-shop for information on these new mobility options brings us another step closer to translating Covid-19 emergent mobility options to a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive mobility future.”
Froh tells us why collaboration is particularly important during this crisis. “The problem we’re addressing is one that affects us all and without exception. Barriers need to be broken down and we should be focusing on investing into the industry and helping it get through the crisis.”
He adds: “We’ve been promoting collaboration as the only way to move the mobility industry forward for years now. We firmly believe that building a future of mobility that is accessible and safe for all is a joint effort and can only be done with the support of the private and public sectors and different players from across the mobility spectrum.”
Froh says that each company has reacted to the crisis in a unique way according to their ability and scope. The way in which all these different types of mobility businesses have been using their strengths to help each other is what inspires him and his colleagues the most.
Currently, the top priority of mobility companies is ‘safety first’, which can mean reducing areas of operations,
Earlier this year it announced a major development for the company, the launch of its first Wunder Vehicles product alongside an exclusive business-to-business partnership with China’s Yadea, the world’s largest manufacturer of light electric vehicles.
The first vehicle to be produced by this partnership is the Yadea G5, a sharing-ready, electric moped that offers up to 60 kms on a single charge and features built-in IoT technology.
The launch of Wunder Vehicles and the Yadea G5 mark the Hamburg-based company’s official expansion into the vehicles market and its transition from a pure software company to a one-stop mobility company.
Tobias Langwieler, head of Wunder Vehicles at Wunder Mobility, says: “Many entrepreneurs dream of starting a fleet-sharing company only to realize how much of a hassle it is to ship vehicles to their markets and how difficult getting financing in place can be without having existing knowledge of this process.”
He adds: “These difficulties are exacerbated during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and potential founders require guidance and support to reach their goals now more than ever. Wunder Vehicles will allow our customers to launch mobility services with Wunder Mobility software and Yadea vehicles, as well as other hardware partners, all through the white glove customer experience Wunder Mobility is known for.”
We finished our interview with Froh by asking him what the ‘new normal’ will look like when the crisis is over.
“Currently, the top priority of mobility companies is ‘safety first’, which can mean reducing areas of operations, taking precautions with hygienic measures such as extra vehicle sanitation, or simply figuring out creative solutions to a complex problem.”
He concludes: “In the future, the ‘new mobility normal’ will be one in which privately owned vehicles are replaced by a combination of public and private, sustainable alternatives that are accessible to all.”
The #WeAllMove platform is available at the URL – https://weallmove.co/