Platform innovation has emerged as a potential accelerator for urban mobility transitions. This book explores the opportunities and challenges of platform innovation by investigating the rise and fall of dockless bike sharing: a story of a seemingly promising urban mobility innovation, disruptive global growth and also undesirable outcomes.
Drawing on scientific scrutiny and real-life experimentation, this book brings together insights from the global cycling capital Amsterdam and the bike sharing capital Shanghai. This new phenomenon demonstrates how platform innovation gives rise to new business models, challenging regulations and prevalent practices. Platform innovation has brought major technology companies to the centre of urban mobility transitions, conflicting with public interests beyond sustainable urban mobility. To navigate challenges of platform innovation in urban mobility transitions, this book provides business and governance strategies.