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Karhoo expands MaaS service with new partnerships

Karhoo is looking to build on its mobility as a service (MaaS) model after partnering with Trainline and Appart’City to target business and personal travellers.

Karhoo, which is a subsidiary of the Renault Group, aims to operate 15,000 rides per day worldwide by the end of 2021.

Karhoo brings together thousands of vehicle fleets from around the world, working with major brands such as and now Trainline, to pull together a full mobility and travel booking platform.

Trainline boasts 150 million rail bookings each year, now joins the platform alongside France's leader in apart-hotel rentals, Appart’City. 

Karhoo allows MaaS applications to integrate a local and national offer of cabs and vehicles for hire.

This process is used by French rail SNCF's Personal Mobility Assistant, Moovizy in France and Renfe-as-a-Service and Meep in Spain.

Karhoo said it saw a 50% increase in the number of rides through its marketplace in 2020, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The acceleration in the number of rides over the months of July and August 2020 (respectively 30% and 49% compared to July 2019 and August 2019) reinforces the group's ambition to become the leading B2B player in connected mobility.

Vanessa Heydorff, CCO and senior vice president at Karhoo, said: "Despite the sanitary context and the significant decrease in travel worldwide, we were able to demonstrate the value of the solution proposed by Karhoo.

“With the confidence of our partners, in 2021 we will continue to develop our activities in Europe and beyond.”

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