SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Onemile, a technology start-up company with branches in the U.S., Europe and China, officially announces the kick-off of its scooter rental project across the international markets, covering most well-known cities and travel destinations such as Hawaii, Paris, London and Berlin. Onemile offers the first-of-its-kind scooter with a sitting pad, which provides customers with an optimal driving experience and a higher standard of safety. As a key player in the scooter market internationally, Onemile now attracts attention from venture capital firms both from US and China.
Headquartered in Beijing, China, Onemile recently launched its global rental business, including city, scenic spot and hotel rental. The scooter with the sitting pad is specifically designed for higher safety and modern aesthetic taste. Onemile has obtained European ECC certification, Japanese scooter license, and all safety qualifications have been fully recognized by the industry. Onemile is committed to providing innovative solutions for urban mobility and its first scooter product, "Halo City", is the only one in the world that has won all the top design awards such as "Luminary" and "Best of the Best" Red Dot award, IF award in Germany, and IDEA award in the U.S.
Onemile has both the sales model and the rental model, and the "regional rental partner model" is widely applied across the markets. "Share scooter mobility is the new trend for 2019 and we strategize globally," says Arthur Yu, CEO of Onemile. "Our products are designed to win, both for individual sales and for rental in the share scooter economy. We are the only electric scooter company that has an extensive global footprint." Onemile products have been sold in more than 20 countries.
Along with other leading scooter companies, such as Lime and Bird, Onemile has eyes on the huge potential for the shared transportation in the city and believes that scooter rental will be the challenger for the current within-5-miles transportation model. Lime, the share scooter company, released data showing that 60% of users' Lime-S rides replaced car rides. Most users also said that scooters are more suitable for public transport connections than shared bicycles.
Uber and Lyft have realized this opportunity and started to enter the share scooter industry. Uber entered into a partnership with Lime and participated in the company's $335 million financing round in July and its users now have access to Lime's scooter rental. Bird, another key player in the scooter market, completed three rounds of financing in the first half of 2018, including the $150 million Series C financing round led by Sequoia Capital.
Compared to the scooters now in the market, Onemile's scooters offer a sitting pad for an optimal experience with a higher safety standard. Ordinary scooters use the traditional standing style with a high center of gravity, posing danger to the riders when emergency braking. Onemile's "Halo City" is the first scooter with the seating pad and it could appropriately address safety problems.
Attention has been paid to the safety hazards caused by the random parking of share scooters. For example, San Francisco city officials commented that a controlled and limited rollout is critical to urban management. With this in mind, Onemile aims at mid and long term rental, and they will provide an integrated parking location and management system, and design a portable scooter with the sitting pad.
Onemile also provides rental services for tourism destinations and has reached a partnership agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group for scooter rental services, which makes it the first scooter company with an international hotel cooperation. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts operates more than 9,000 hotels in 80 countries and has more than 798,000 rooms.