Daimler acquires dynamic ridesharing pioneer flinc
- flinc is a pioneer in the provision of real-time ridesharing services
- With the acquisition, Daimler further expands its portfolio of innovative mobility services
- Unlike traditional carpooling platforms, flinc mediates short journeys dynamically and from door to door
Stuttgart – Daimler Mobility Services has announced the full acquisition of the Darmstadt-based flinc GmbH. flinc is the leading provider of door-to-door ridesharing for short- and medium-haul routes. The start-up launched the flinc platform for short-distance carpooling in 2011. Today, around half a million customers are registered with the platform. As the first ridesharing solution, flinc was integrated into free floating carsharing platforms, local public transport apps and app-based navigation systems. Many renowned companies use flinc’s corporate ridesharing solution to secure and improve employee mobility.
Jörg Lamparter, Head of Mobility Services: "Transport options are just as varied as the mobility demands of our customers. Whether flexible carsharing, ride-hailing or door-to-door ridesharing, with our mobility services, we are able to provide the ideal solution. With flinc, we are taking on an extremely well-coordinated team that brings valuable experience in the field of short-distance ridesharing."
Daimler Mobility Services includes various mobility services, such as car2go, moovel and mytaxi: with the free floating carsharing company car2go, which launched in 2008, customers have the option of renting a car at any time to drive themselves from A to B. 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.
flinc organizes short journeys dynamically and from door to door
Lab1886 actively supports Daimler's transition from being an automobile manufacturer to a mobility services provider. Susanne Hahn, responsible for the innovation machinery Lab1886, states: "We always ask ourselves two questions when we start new projects: Shall we develop the business model in our incubator ourselves? Or is there already a suitable solution available in the market? The start-up flinc is the ideal accelerator for ridesharing solutions – and we are determined to work on it together.”
flinc GmbH will continue to operate independently. The founders Dr. Klaus Dibbern, Michael Hübl and Benjamin Kirschner will remain in the leadership team. As a pioneer in the provision of real-time ridesharing ("dynamic ridesharing"), the company has pushed ahead numerous innovations. flinc GmbH was founded in 2010 with the vision of creating new mobility options and distinguishes itself in the areas of business development, business intelligence and software development. In contrast to traditional carpooling providers, the multi-award-winning flinc platform organizes short journeys dynamically and door-to-door.
Daimler at a glance
Daimler AG is one of the most successful automotive companies in the world. With its business divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the vehicle manufacturer is one of the largest suppliers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services offers financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance policies, capital investments and credit cards as well as innovative mobility services.
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive construction, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: the Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. Daimler invests continually in the development of alternative drive systems – from hybrid vehicles through to pure electric vehicles with batteries or fuel cells – with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. Additionally, the company emphatically promotes accident-free driving and intelligent networking, right through to autonomous driving. Daimler sees living up to its responsibility to society and the environment as both an aspiration and an obligation.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The brand portfolio includes in addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world's most valuable premium automobile brand, as well as Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses and the Daimler Financial Services brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Services, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel, car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (stock exchange abbreviation DAI). In 2016, the company sold around 3 million vehicles and had a workforce of a total of 282,488 employees. The turnover was 153.3 billion euros, the EBIT amounted to 12.9 billion euros.