The speed with which a number of start-ups have reached unicorn status – a valuation of US$1bn or more – underlines the significance not only of a company’s valuation, but also its perceived potential over the next 12, 24 and 36 months. Some of the biggest unicorns are in the mobility and transportation sectors, led by big names such as Uber, Lyft and Didi Chuxing.
This Automotive World report highlights ten mobility start-ups and unicorns to watch in 2019, across a wide range of fast-moving sectors including electric scooters, AI, AV, LiDAR, electrification, freight and in-car commerce. Most have achieved unicorn status, others are heading quickly in that direction. All show great potential – and make for fascinating viewing.
In this report:
- Executive summary
- MaaS to the max, says Maxi Mobility
- Will Byton prove that unicorns can exist in Europe?
- Bird watchers expect the scooter unicorn to fly in 2019
- Velodyne scans a route into the ADAS market
- Can Nikola convince the truck industry to believe in unicorns?
- Pony.ai – more than just a baby unicorn?
- Nauto’s technology will boost the auto AI sector in 2019
- Start-up sees ride-hail passengers as highly lucrative cargo
- Transfix on a mission to fix freight
- ChargePoint’s unicorn valuation a rarity in the EV charging sector