Jack Henderson
August 18, 2016

Our new partner Emmy: Log On. Jump On. Drive Off.

You’ll have seen their red scooters dotted around the city, but how many of you have actually ridden one? Well now’s your chance! betahaus just became a registration point for Emmy sharing and with the sign up code ‘betahaus’ you get your first 20 minutes of driving for free!

Here’s how it works

They also come with two helmets, so you can always give your friend a lift. As well as that, you don’t have to worry about charging them, as Emmy takes care of that. Besides, even if you do jump on a scooter with 12% charge, that’s still 12km driving distance. They’re not just for city use, if you go out of the city the Emmy will still work. Note, you’ll have to spend 5ct per minute parking when you’re out of the city area, but it means you can go on that day-trip to the lake!


Step 1
First, either go online and register or come to the betahaus reception and have your driving licence verified on the spot!

Step 2
Download the Emmy-app to see all the scooters in your area. Then, select a scooter that’s close to you and reserve it.

Step 3
Open the scooter with the app. As soon as you’re next to the scooter you’ll be able to hear the loud “CLICK”. This means the back box is unlocked, then you can grab the key and a helmet. Safety first!

Step 4
Put the key in the ignition, retract the stand and take off. Remember that since the scooter is electric no one can hear it.

Step 5
Once you’re at your destination, park the scooter on the sidewalk, don’t worry it’s allowed! Then put everything back where it belongs. Close the helmet box and lock it by pushing the button in the app which says “end reservation”. Then once again, you’ll then hear the “CLICK” sound which shows that the box is locked and the rent has ended.

Step 6
You’ll get an email billing you with your journey, so you know how much money it cost you or how many free minutes you have left.

Click here to find out more about being a betahaus member. 

Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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