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Published on September 29th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Daimler Acquires Door-To-Door Rideshare Pioneer flinc

September 29th, 2017 by  

The door-to-door rideshare pioneer flinc is being acquired in full by Daimler Mobility Services, according to recent reports.

The Darmstadt-based flinc, for those unfamiliar with it, specializes in short- to medium-distance carpooling, and has been active since 2011 or so. Altogether, the firm now counts half a million or so some people as registered users.

The acquisition means that flinc will be joining a number of other notable firms now part of Daimler Mobility Services, including: car2go, moovel, and mytaxi. While car2go’s services are likely familiar to many of those reading this, mytaxi and moovel may not be.

With that in mind, here’s more from Green Car Congress: “mytaxi is a market leader amongst the taxi hailing apps in Europe. The mobility platform moovel offers on-demand access to various mobility offers, including booking and payment. Furthermore, Daimler is involved in the Blacklane, Careem, FlixBus, Turo, and Via companies. A total of 15 million customers are registered with the various Daimler mobility services in over 100 cities in Europe, North America, and China.”

As per the terms of the acquisition deal, flinc will reportedly continue to operate independently; and the founders of the company — Dr Klaus Dibbern, Michael Hübl, and Benjamin Kirschner — will remain amongst the leadership at the firm.

In related news, its probably worth drawing attention to the slow demise of Daimler’s car2go service in some parts of the US over recent years. For more on that situation, see: San Diego’s Car2Go Service Being Nixed At End Of Year.



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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