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20 Disruptive Transportation Startups (2021)

In a fast-paced world, swift, efficient, and safe mobility is no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity.

Because of that, the global transportation industry has experienced massive growth over the years.

For instance, the trucking industry in the US alone was worth $791.7 billion back in 2019.

On top of that, the market size of the public transportation industry in the US is $66.3 billion.

Those figures barely scratch the surface of this massive sector, where new players enter every year. We’ve rounded up 20 fast-growing transportation startups that are changing the game in 2021.

1. Flock Freight

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5-year search growth: 6100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Solana Beach, CA

Funding: $184M (Series C)

What they do: Flock Freight is a freight-forwarding company that offers shared truckload shipping. Their services are designed to optimize routes, track shipments in real-time, and reduce the carbon footprint of their customers. Flock Freight claims that they’ve helped eliminate over 17 million pounds of carbon emissions so far.

2. Voi Technology

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5-year search growth: 388%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Funding: $355.9M (Series C)

What they do: A micro-mobility and greentech company, Voi Technology offers electric scooters across Europe. Commuters can use their mobile app to locate nearby Voi scooters and ride them to get around town. According to their website, more than 4 million people currently use Voi for their daily commutes.

3. Virtuo

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5-year search growth: 922%

Search growth status: Exploding

Year founded: 2015

Location: Paris, France

Funding: $33.5M (Series B)

What they do: Virtuo is a car rental company that offers conventional and electric vehicles to both businesses and individuals. The entire process is carried out online through their mobile app. More than 3,000 companies currently use Virtuo’s business solutions.

4. SupplyStack

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5-year search growth: 3000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Funding: $7.8M (Series A)

What they do: A transportation management system, SupplyStack offers visibility, real-time analytics, and supply chain monitoring. The platform has been designed to help automate freight work and reduce freight costs. SupplyStack claims that their users can cut their freight spend by up to 15%.

5. VanMoof

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5-year search growth: 280%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2008

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Funding: $61.1M (Series B)

What they do: VanMoof is a manufacturer of electronic bikes. They also offer a mobile app that connects to their bikes and allows users to set alarms, specify preferences, and report their bikes as stolen. According to their website, VanMoof’s sales grew by 200% in 2020.

6. Vimcar

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5-year search growth: 441%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Berlin, Germany

Funding: $18.5M (Series B)

What they do: Vimcar offers a car logbook and a fleet management platform for businesses. Specifically, they offer fleet tracking, route monitoring, and mileage recording for companies. More than 100,000 vehicles are currently being managed by Vimcar’s platform.

7. Shippeo

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5-year search growth: 350%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Paris, France

Funding: $67.9M (Series C)

What they do: An end-to-end supply chain visibility platform, Shippeo delivers real-time information on deliveries. They do this through multimodal tracking and predictive visibility. According to their website, Shippeo is used to track over 25 million loads per year.

8. FlavorCloud

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5-year search growth: 4900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Seattle, WA

Funding: $18.7M (Series A)

What they do: FlavorCloud offers international shipment for eCommerce companies. Specifically, they offer cost calculation, tracking for shippers, and a cross-border logistics network. The startup says that they currently have 250+ carriers in their network.

9. Bipi

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5-year search growth: 3000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Madrid, Spain

Funding: $38.09M (Series B)

What they do: A car subscription company, Bipi offers an alternative to car ownership. The platform allows customers to select from a range of cars and drive them for a monthly fee. The company says that they currently have 75,000 clients.

10. Wunder Mobility

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5-year search growth: 1600%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2014

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Funding: $70M (Series B)

What they do: Wunder Mobility offers an operating system designed for urban mobility. They cater to mobility, free-floating ridesharing/car-sharing/bike-share, and internet-of-things companies. According to their website, their platform is connected to 50,000 vehicles.

11. Streetlight Data

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5-year search growth: 161%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2012

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $44.4M (Series D)

What they do: A big data company, Streetlight Data offers data on urban transportation in North America using smartphones as sensors. Their solutions are targeted at transportation agencies, private enterprises, and consulting firms. Streetlight Data says that they cover more than 5 million miles of roadways, sidewalks, and bike lanes.

12. Trafi

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5-year search growth: 150%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Funding: $14M (Series B)

What they do: Trafi is a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) company. Their platform works by integrating mobility services in a city into one place. The MaaS is currently being used in 7 cities across Europe, including Vilnius, Berlin, and Zurich.

13. NEXT Trucking

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5-year search growth: 250%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: El Segundo, CA

Funding: $124.3M (Series C)

What they do: NEXT Trucking is a freight forwarding platform designed to connect shippers with carriers and independent owner operators. Their platform works by factoring in the preferred loads specified by the truck drivers in their network. NEXT Trucking claims that they have helped move over $50 billion in cargo so far.

14. FreightWaves

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5-year search growth: 3800%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Funding: $76.4M (Private Equity)

What they do: FreightWaves is a platform where you can get news and real-time analytics on freight, transportation, and logistics. They mainly offer a SaaS solution called “SONAR,” designed to monitor, analyze, and provide forecasts on the freight market. More than 500 global enterprises currently use their platform.

15. Helbiz

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5-year search growth: 9300%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: New York, NY

Funding: $52.9M (Debt Financing)

What they do: A sharing economy company, Helbiz offers a network of electric mopeds, bikes, and scooters. It works by helping users find nearby vehicles to use for their intra-city commutes. Helbiz currently has over 2.5 million users in its micro-mobility network.

16. Einride

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5-year search growth: 305%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Funding: $42.3M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Einride is an electric automotive company that caters to logistics companies. They help shippers source battery-driven trucks for their shipments and specialize in providing self-driving, autonomous vehicles called “pods.” It’s estimated that Einride earns $25M in revenue on an annual basis.

17. Embark Trucks

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5-year search growth: 99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $117.1M (Series C)

What they do: An automotive solutions provider, Embark develops self-driving truck technology. Their goal is to make freight transportation safer and more efficient. Embark claims that its autonomous tech is currently being used to move freight for 5 Fortune 500 companies.

18. The Boring Company

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5-year search growth: 1600%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Funding: $233M (Series Unknown)

What they do: The Boring Company offers traffic-congestion solutions in the form of city-wide tunnels. They are using these tunnels to build intra-city transit systems called “Loops.” So far, The Boring Company has built its Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) loop, in addition to their R&D tunnel and Hyperloop test track.

19. Maven Machines

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5-year search growth: 1900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Funding: $10.9M (Series A)

What they do: A software company, Maven Machines offers a cloud-based platform for fleet and dispatch management. The software offers features like real-time visibility of vehicles, workflow management, and reporting. Maven Machines says that 300+ fleets are currently using their platform.

20. Unu

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5-year search growth: 133%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Berlin, Germany

Funding: $43.3M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Unu is a manufacturer of an electric scooter called “unu.” Their scooter is battery-powered, can run for up to 100 kilometers (a little over 62 miles) per charge, and connects with a mobile app. In 2017, the company founders made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe: Industry list.

conclusion

That wraps up our list of skyrocketing transportation startups worth following in 2021.

From transportation companies focused on transforming urban mobility to tech companies offering freight forwarding solutions to enterprises, it’s safe to say that the transportation sector is quite vast and diverse.

With new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence penetrating this industry, the future of transportation looks exciting.

Last Updated: 
May 5, 2021
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.

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