BMW i Ventures, the venture capital arm of BMW Group (naturally), announced an interesting investment into Scoop Technologies.
Scoop Technologies developed the carpooling mobile application “Scoop”, which enables people to commute to and from work together.
We are curious whether BMW sees a way to combine the Scoop app with EVs in some way, as EVs are typically most suited for commuter cars - and many places of employment have special/prime spaces designated for carpooling.
"Since launching in August 2015, Scoop commuters have taken more than 40,000 trips, offsetting nearly 500,000 in commute mileage for riders. Originally launched in Pleasanton, CA, Scoop now also operates commute trips into San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and North San Jose.
Scoop partners with major employers, office parks, and local governments to offer employees an affordable and effective transportation solution. The list of employers in the Scoop network includes some of the Bay Area’s largest companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Salesforce, Workday, Airbnb, Tesla, Sandisk and more. Scoop’s partners employ more than 200,000 commuters in the Bay Area.
The Scoop app automatically connects co-workers and neighbors who live in the same neighborhood and travel to the same work area. Commuters select each trip one way at a time and choose whether to ride or drive. Scoop’s algorithm matches them to a carpool with neighbors and co-workers for the most efficient commute."
Ulrich Quay, Head of BMW i Ventures said:
“Scoop’s carpooling offer is a great help for urban traffic and parking problems in cities, but it also enables employers in finding and supporting sustainable transportation solutions for their employees. Through this investment, BMW Mobility Services and Scoop together could offer a practical carpooling solution to a problem facing cities, starting here in the US.”
Rob Sadow, CEO of Scoop said:
“Scoop’s mission is to reduce the impact that traffic has on our lives. For most employees, driving to and from work is the most frustrating time of the day -- it’s expensive, unproductive, and stressful. We’ve built an app that allows commuters to enjoy all the benefits of carpooling without the hassle. This financing will enable our team to bring Scoop to more commuters in our area and beyond.”