The scootersharing fleet to reach 2.6 million vehicles in 2023
According to a new market research report by IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the scootersharing fleet is forecasted to grow from 14,400 vehicles worldwide in 2017 to more than 2.6 million vehicles in 2023. Today the market consists of traditional sit-down electric scooters and stand-up electric scooters. Scootersharing services that use traditional scooters was the most popular in 2017, but stand-up scooter operators have scaled their services rapidly during 2018. The deployed fleet in traditional scootersharing services is anticipated to reach 233,000 vehicles at the end of 2023. The fleet of stand-up scooters is anticipated to outnumber the traditional scooters by a factor of ten at the end of the forecast period. Scootersharing operators offer access to scooters that are spread across cities. Usage is typically billed by the minute or by distance driven with rates that include fuel/charging, parking, insurance and maintenance. The scootersharing operators have their own street team or utilise a network of partners that ensure that the scooters have fuel or are charged and are serviced on a regular basis. New technologies in the form of telematics systems and smartphones are key enablers of scootersharing services. Notable vendors of scootersharing telematics technology include INVERS, Vulog, COMODULE, Omoove (Octo Telematics) and Sensefields. “Leading traditional scootersharing operators include ECooltra, Muving, Coup, CityScoot and Blinkee.city”, said Martin Svegander, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. During 2017–2018, new services comprising stand-up scooters were introduced. The leading operators in this segment include Bird, Lime, Spin and Skip. As free floating models are the most popular operational model for scootersharing companies, many operators have faced issues when rolling out the services in cites, sometimes without the cities’ permission. “Stand-up scootersharing companies are today facing similar regulatory hurdles as ridehailing companies did when scaling their services”, said Mr. Svegander. Today cities need to approve pilot projects and award licences that for example limit the number of stand-up scooters allowed on the streets. “If operators of stand-up scootersharing services overcome regulatory hurdles, improve the robustness of vehicles as well as attract new riders, the stand-up scootersharing market can potentially grow significantly in the upcoming years”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

The installed base of fleet management systems in Australia and New Zealand will reach 1.7 million units by 2022
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Australia and New Zealand was almost 0.8 million in Q4-2017 according to a new research report from the leading IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.4 percent, this number is expected to reach nearly 1.7 million by 2022. A wide variety of players serve the fleet telematics market in Australia and New Zealand, ranging from small local vendors to leading international solution providers. Though there is a myriad of very small players, the number of providers with large installed bases in the region is however relatively limited and the market is comparably consolidated in terms of market share. The top-10 players in Australia and New Zealand account for almost 60 percent of the active units on the market, and more than 40 percent is even represented by the top-5. Berg Insight ranks Teletrac Navman as the largest solution vendor in Australia and New Zealand, being the only player which has surpassed the milestone of 100,000 active units in the region. “The runners-up are Verizon Connect, EROAD, MTData and Netstar based in the US, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa respectively”, said Rickard Andersson, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that MTData is now owned by the Australian operator Telstra since 2017. Other vendors with comparably sizeable subscriber bases in Australia and New Zealand include the local suppliers IntelliTrac, Smartrak, Coretex and Digital Matter, as well as international players including MiX Telematics and Fleet Complete. “Also a notable number of commercial vehicle OEMs have introduced fleet telematics solutions in the region, either independently or through partnerships with established telematics providers”, continued Mr. Andersson. Examples include Isuzu, Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks, Scania, PACCAR, Toyota, Hino, Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi. Additional players including international aftermarket telematics providers and vehicle manufacturers as well as local actors are expected to expand in the market in the coming years. “The fleet management market in Australia and New Zealand is currently influenced positively by a number of different drivers including regulatory developments related to health and safety regulations, chain of responsibility legislation and road user charges”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

The bikesharing fleet reached 24.4 million vehicles worldwide in 2017
According to a new market research report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of deployed vehicles in bikesharing schemes worldwide is forecasted to grow from 24.4 million in 2017 to reach 36.9 million in 2023. Bikesharing is a decentralised bicycle rental service, usually focusing on short term rentals that supplements other modes of transport including walking and public transport. Traditionally, most bikesharing operators have used station-based networks operated through public-private partnerships. This operational model requires members to pick up and return the vehicle at any designated station within a city. Another model that is rapidly gaining in popularity is free floating services, which enables members to pick up and drop off vehicles anywhere within a designated area. Today, free floating bikesharing has become the most common bikesharing service in terms of deployed vehicles. In 2017, free floating bikesharing companies deployed more than 20 million vehicles in China. This led to an oversupply of bikes and issues with vandalism. Reports suggest that as much as 50 percent of the deployed fleet in some Chinese cities has been scrapped. The average lifetime of a shared bike from several free floating operators is in addition low. “Today, we can see the importance of sustainable operations and vehicle quality and it is expected that high-end vehicles featuring embedded connectivity will win on most markets”, said Martin Svegander, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. Electric bikes are increasingly common and bikesharing companies are developing more robust vehicles. Leading free floating companies such as Ofo and Mobike have recently scaled down their operations in overseas markets and many operators are facing regulatory hurdles that limit the allowed number of bikes in cities. Prominent vendors of bikesharing services and technology also include Hellobike, Lime, JUMP (acquired by Uber in April 2018), Motivate (acquired by Lyft in July 2018), JCDecaux, PBSC, Nextbike and CycleHop. The bikesharing fleet is forecasted to grow as the services offer a sustainable option to car ownership and mitigate the so-called last mile commute problem. “Station-based and free floating bikesharing constitute parts of a multimodal sharing economy that will have an important role to play in future cities”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

The installed base of fleet management systems in South Africa to reach 2.5 million units by 2022
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa reached an estimated 1.3 million in Q4-2017. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.0 percent, this number is expected to reach 2.5 million by 2022. South Africa is a relatively mature telematics market and the penetration is comparably high from an international perspective. Far from all deployments are however full-scale advanced FM solutions. A notable share of the installed fleet telematics systems on the South African market is represented by comparably low-end tracking systems, e.g. light FM solutions, including SVR systems extended with basic FM features. The South African fleet management market is clearly dominated by five domestic players with broad telematics portfolios, which together account for as much as two thirds of the total number of fleet management systems in use in the country. “Berg Insight ranks Cartrack and MiX Telematics as the largest providers of fleet management solutions in South Africa, both having estimated installed bases of more than 200,000 active units in the country”, said Rickard Andersson, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the second runner-up is Tracker which in addition to its in-house developed solutions also markets fleet management systems powered by TomTom Telematics. “The remaining top-5 players are Netstar and Ctrack which both have installed bases exceeding 100,000 units in South Africa”, continued Mr. Andersson. Additional examples of domestic aftermarket players include Digit Vehicle Tracking (Digicell), GPS Tracking Solutions (Eqstra Fleet Management/enX Group), Autotrak and PFK Electronics. In addition to TomTom Telematics, other renowned international providers active on the market include Gurtam, Pointer Telocation and Geotab. Foreign telematics players have however generally not managed to achieve any top-ranking market shares on the South African fleet management market so far. “Commercial vehicle OEMs including Scania, Daimler, MAN and Volvo Group have moreover all introduced fleet telematics solutions in South Africa, though the adoption levels remain relatively modest so far”, concluded Mr. Andersson. Berg Insight’s new report on Fleet Management in South Africa also includes an outlook on the overall African market. Africa is clearly a highly diverse geographic region from a fleet management perspective. The continent can in general be divided into three subregions – South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) and Northern Africa. The two latter subregions together have an installed base on par with South Africa. The South African fleet telematics market is thus far ahead of the rest of the continent in terms of adoption, whereas Sub-Saharan Africa is the least developed region if excluding South Africa. Northern Africa is comparably advanced and well ahead of Sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to fleet telematics penetration, though still quite a bit behind South Africa. The African fleet management market beyond South Africa is by many industry representatives described as challenging – though certainly also promising – for several reasons. The weak economic conditions and foreign exchange rate fluctuations in combination with the unstable political climate makes the Rest of Africa market a challenging business environment overall. There are however promising prospects for players adapting to the local market dynamics as the Rest of Africa market has considerably more untapped opportunity than what South Africa can offer at this stage.

Smart energy meter shipments in Europe will reach 31.3 million units in 2018
According to a new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, yearly shipments of smart energy meters in Europe will reach a record level of 31.3 million units in 2018. Smart electricity meter shipments grew 16 percent compared to the previous year to 22.2 million units. At the same time smart gas meter shipments increased 9 percent to 9.1 million units. Growth in both segments will be sustained into 2019 and 2020, driven by ongoing large-scale rollouts in multiple countries. “The past year was another positive one for the adoption of smart meters in Europe”, says Tobias Ryberg, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. “Deployments of smart electricity and gas meters ramped up to volume in France. Italy continued with the installation of smart gas meters in parallel to the rollout of second-generation smart electricity meters. Spain and Norway completed their nationwide rollouts, while Lithuania became the latest country to announce one”. The UK and Benelux were other regions with significant developments. While still behind the official timetable, the UK smart meter rollout continued in 2018, with the last pieces of technical framework finally coming into place at the end of the year. Belgium followed the Netherlands in adopting smart meters, with the launch of a large-scale project in Flanders. Germany however only made little progress with the partial rollout to larger customers. Adoption is still held back by the lack of certified smart meter data gateways. In the first wave, Germany is looking to equip approximately 5.5 million customers using more than 6,000 kWh per year or feeding solar power into the grid with smart meters.

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