A summary of the China roadtrip, Helbiz acquisition offers, new verticals and the Helbiz app
The china roadtrip has been concluded, and with multiple deals signed for partnerships and manufacturing, the team has now left Hong Kong and continued to Serbia to work directly with a part of the European branch of the Helbiz software development team on the product and testing.
Last week our COO and CFO had a meeting at Alibaba HQ in Hangzhou, China to explore synergies within blockchain, security, payments and IoT capabilities. As a result the Helbiz team will moving forward work directly with the European part of Alibaba and AliPay — more information will be shared in the following months by both parties.
Over the 2 weeks the team met with several established car & vehicle sharing operations in Asia. Helbiz has as mentioned last week submitted official acquisition bids on two of the companies with the intention of installing the on-board hardware, rebranding and integrating the entire user base and inventory on the Helbiz platform to quickly establish and rapidly scale the platform simultaneously on multiple continents. The acquisitions will allow Helbiz to benefit from years of first hand expertise in the East, and an established network with deep ties to foreign partners, manufactures, local regulators and insurance providers.
Of the two offers mentioned, Helbiz has already moved on to second stage with one of the companies exploring how to successfully structure a potential takeover and rebranding.
Helbiz had the opportunity to meet with the innovative leader in Autonomous Air Transportation, Ehang, who produces transportation drones for humans. The intention of the meeting was to further explore synergies and how the Helbiz infrastructure can be paired with their vehicle offering to offer a revolutionary transportation vertical. Helbiz will further leverage its professional and political network within Europe especially to expedite and work on the regulatory framework enabling manned drone transportation in the future.
The goal is to have the first Helbiz users in the air in 2019 on a preset test route, with a full roll out in the years thereafter depending on local regulations.
Partnerships / Manufacturing
The team secured two separate partnerships for its new transportation verticals, one of which will be revealed upon launch in September and one that will go through several stages of prototyping over the next couple of months.
Product, Development & New Website
Helbiz recent development, pursuit of a multi vertical platform, and current market conditions has resulted in an executive decision of pushing the launch to September but with an offering of both P2P and B2C inventory catering to a larger demographic and a variety of transportation needs stretching beyond the initial car sharing for a more well rounded offering. The second transportation vertical, yet to publicly be announced, and currently being developed and tested by our Serbian team will be fully integrated in the Helbiz app. The Helbiz App will offer its users a variety of vehicles and transportation services as a part of its effort to eventually serve as a united hub for all types of transportation, public and private.
Over the next 10 days the web development team will release the new version of the Helbiz website, which will include VIN number based car registrations, to be directly synchronized with the EXMO promotion offering car owners 5000 HBZ on signup. Soon thereafter Helbiz will start the hardware installation in all registered vehicles on a city-to-city basis.
5.000 HBZ Giveaway per Car Signup
With the launch getting closer the Helbiz team is focused on encouraging user and car registrations, and have therefore partnered with Exmo to create a large scale airdrop of HBZ tokens to all car owners who register their car or cars on the platform. The promotion is limited to 15.000 cars, 500 per city totaling 75m tokens.
Each car owner who:
- Register his or her car on the Helbiz platform
- Enable crypto payments for rentals
- Create an account on Exmo
Will receive 5,000 HBZ!
The 5,000 HBZ will be deposited directly to the Exmo account of the user once the device has been installed in the registered car by the Helbiz team. The promotion is global as Helbiz has applied for licenses in Europe, and are having meetings in Asia the following two weeks, to set up operations worldwide.
The promotion is valid in all countries and you will be contacted ahead of launch in the respective country by the Helbiz team. The promotion will run until 15,000 cars of Exmo registered users have been successfully added to the platform and the promotional funds have been exhausted.
Exmo will be in charge of the entire promotion from end-to-end based on a synchronized Helbiz database of the VIN numbers of installed cars.
You can register on Exmo here: https://exmo.com/en/
You can register your car: Link will be live in the next 10 days together with the new website
OBS: In order to receive the promotional bonus the email of the car sign up needs to be identical to the registered Exmo email.
The promotion is limited to 15,000 cars, 500 per city, totaling 75m tokens.
The 75m will be transferred directly to Exmo in the near future who will run the full campaign on behalf of Helbiz.
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