Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.
addFleet, a mobility startup that provides an Uber-like management system for car services, has just announced a €3m (or $3.8m+ USD) joint investment from Telefónica Ventures and Caixa Capital. According to Telefónica’s release, addFleet will use these new funds to drive international expansion of its”M2M and cloud technology[-based]” service.
Led by Bartolomé Olivares and Daniel Cabrera and accelerated by the Inspirit group, addFleet hopes to replace the old-fashioned radio systems and servers that currently connect drivers and dispatch centers. Given its cheaper cost and lack of maintenance, addFleet only charges companies for each registered vehicle, plus a fee every time a service is handled.
Judging by how popular services like Uber have become, addFleet certainly holds a stake in the future of traditional transportation services. The three main pieces that make this happen are the company’s management panel, its app for drivers its the app for users. Again, this is essentially Uber-as-a-service.
Right now, addFleet says it is testing out its platform with 200 vehicles in a number of countries across Europe and Latin America. As for expansion, it’s not unthinkable that addFleet will eventually bring its service into North America, but the odds are a proper roll-out in Latin America and Europe will come first.
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