Pedals is a London-based pedal-powered bicycle courier service. It provides eco-conscious companies and individuals with a green, hassle-free and affordable option for delivering goods from A to B throughout the city within 90 minutes. Here, we speak to CEO Gareth Buchanan-Robinson as he gives us his top tech predictions for 2019…
What do you predict will be the next big thing to look out for in 2019 in your industry?
The big thing within the logistic sector next year will be the introduction and promotion of electric bikes and vehicles replacing traditional motorbikes and vans.
In the last four years, there has been a remarkable surge in demand for electric delivery in the UK – new registrations of plug-in cars and bikes increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 182,000 by the end of October 2018. There has also been a huge increase in the number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK with many of the top manufacturers in the UK now offering a number of EVs as part of their model range.
In London, the number of electric vehicles and bikes is booming and charging points are trying to catch up. Most Londoners who have driveways or garages are more likely to own an electric vehicle and the 60 percent who don’t have a garage or driveway will rely on chargers on the street, despite the fact that on-street chargers are not being installed quickly enough and currently borough funding for charging points is clearly heavily oversubscribed. There is, however, the scope for electric vehicle/bikes infrastructure and delivery to be much more joined-up across London, with car clubs representing an opportunity to switch from petrol or diesel to electric forms of transport to reduce roadside emissions.
What has been your biggest achievement in 2018?
Pedals are a same hour on-demand branded and personalised delivery solution that’s 100% eco-friendly and as such, our business model is based on deliveries. In the month of January 2018 we made 263 deliveries and for December 2018 we are projecting in excess of 3000 deliveries an of over 1000%, whilst saving 10 million grams of Co2 and thus improving the lives of 10M Londoners.
Who has impressed you in 2018?
The person who impressed me the most this year is Elon Musk. Tesla posted a profit of $312 million, attaining the ambitious target set by CEO Elon Musk earlier this year.
Elon Musk once noted that the Model 3 was a “bet-the-company” vehicle — a car whose success or failure would determine Tesla’s future. The challenges that Tesla faced with the Model 3 ramp are well-documented, with Elon Musk describing the ordeal as one of the most painful periods of his career. The third-quarter proved to be a breakthrough for Tesla, though, as the company was able to make headway in both the number of vehicles produced and delivered.
Who would you like to impress you in 2019?
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
What tech do you hope will magically disappear as we move from 2018 to 2019?
The tech I wish could disappear from 2018 to 2019 is AR/VR. The world really doesn’t need another device to make us even more monosyllabic than we currently are, bring back the “art of conversation” in the real world!
Augmented reality and virtuality are changing the way in which people interact with the digital world. According to statista’s report, the global augmented and virtual reality market is expected to reach a market size of a whopping 209.2 billion US Dollars.
AR and VR will have its application in sectors like education, real estate, healthcare, marketing, travel, advertising, manufacturing and more. The headsets like HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR (VR headset) and Google Glass (AR headset) are selling like hot cakes in the market as people want to experience the digital world. There is no doubt that AR/VR is going to be the breakthrough as the latest trends in the technology.
What are your hopes for 2019?
- Opening operations in Bristol & Manchester
- Closing “Series A” funding
- Completing 5000 deliveries per month