21 May Wheels Launches in Atlanta
Wheels-Wheels, the dockless electric mobility and transportation company, announced today it is launching in Atlanta, GA, adding to the city’s growing micro-mobility market. This comes on the heels of their recent, patent pending smart helmet technology and successful Los Angeles launch.
Wheels introduced the first cost-efficient maintenance and operations model for the dockless electric mobility economy. The dockless pioneer is using unique modular manufacturing methods resulting in swappable parts and batteries, real-time dynamic maintenance upkeep and a significantly longer product life cycle compared to other dockless competitors on the market. Wheels transporters can earn money simply by relocating bikes to a location where Wheels handles upkeep and battery swaps based on real-time monitoring services.
"Wheels is micro mobility 2.0, a safer device that appeals to a significantly broader demographic with a much better operational model," said Josh Viner, CEO at Wheels. "We couldn’t be more excited to have Atlanta experience the next evolution of this space with Wheels."
Wheels mission from day one has been to provide a safer alternative for the market. Their 14 inch wheels, seat and lower center of gravity was the first major step. The next evolution is the company’s patent pending smart helmet technology that will be attached to the back of every device and can be unlocked for free in the Wheels’ app. The shared helmet is equipped with removable biodegradable hygienic headliners, and when the ride is over users put the helmet back in place and the smart technology will detect it was returned.
Wheels announced its $37 million funding at the end of January. Wheels investors include Tenaya Capital, Bullpen Capital, Crosscut Capital, 3L Capital and Naval Ravikant. The company also brought on former Lyft executive Ben Shanken as Chief Product Officer, and former Uber and Bird executive Marco McCottry as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Wheels, the Viner brothers founded the popular dog walking app Wag which raised nearly $400 million and transformed the dog walking industry.