When Zirx announced last February its plans to shut down its on-demand valet parking startup, it wasn’t clear what the company meant when it said it would focus on the enterprise. Today, Zirx co-founder Sean Behr is pulling the curtains off of Stratim, a platform for enterprise clients to manage their car fleets.
Over the last year or so, Stratim has been conducting pilot tests with 50 companies, including BMW (DriveNow), General Motors (Maven), Ford (Chariot) and Toyota, to power their respective mobility services.
“What I think will happen over the long run — companies that can efficiently take care of their cars, minimize costs and be hyper-efficient will be the companies that win in the long run for mobility,” Behr told TechCrunch.
With Zirx, Behr and his team already had partnerships and a system in place to track the location of cars and provide extra services like car washes, repairs and gas fill-ups.
“We’ve basically gone from a world where we were valet parking our own cars to using same kind of technology but basically letting other people, namely mobility services company, use our technology to power their back-end solutions,” Behr said.
Through Stratim’s vendor marketplace, for example, Ford can request gas fill-ups for its Chariot shuttles. The next day, a fuel company will come to fill up the tanks and then send that information back into the system. With Stratim, Ford and other companies have a dashboard to better “understand how much money is spent on fueling, car washes, windshields and tire repairs,” Behr said.
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Rather than charge a monthly fee, Stratim charges customers based on usage. Already, Stratim is doing better than ZIRX, Behr said. While the valet business was only live in six markets, Stratim is live in 20 markets. Year-over-year, Stratim has experienced 10x growth in services offered and expects to become profitable by the first quarter of 2019.
“Instead of losing money valet parking we’re making money on mobility,” Behr said.
- Car auction firm KAR buys San Francisco-based Stratim, a fleet management software service formerly known as Zirx (Bernadette Tansey/Xconomy)
- Ford teams up with Lyft, Domino's, Postmates to pilot autonomous vehicles and will work with Qualcomm on “Transportation Mobility Cloud” initiative (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)
- Passport, provider of backend management software for public transport systems, raises $43M Series C from Bain Capital Ventures (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
- Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs spins out Coord to develop APIs for tolls, parking, and curb space data for bike-sharing, ride-hailing, and public transport services (Aarian Marshall/Wired)
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