From left, FLARE COO Chris Yeazel, Arlington County board member Matt de Ferranti, FLARE CEO Andres Delgado, Arlington Chamber of Commerce senior director of membership Mike Rosenow, and Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch consultant Lourdes Morales.
The service partners with communities and businesses to shuttle residents to and from local amenities.
FLARE Technology and Services, an amenity electric shuttle service and tech platform, officially launched its business in Northern Virginia at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Arlington, Va., in mid-November.
Using the FLARE platform, a subscription service set to launch next year, businesses, residential communities, and other organizations can provide on-call amenity shuttle services—powered by specialized electric shuttle vehicles—for area residents. The firm tested its service in south Arlington in the time leading up to the ribbon cutting, shuttling residents of pilot partner communities to and from grocery stores, restaurants, and shops.
“Our first focus area has been last mile transportation in areas where people walk to a destination from home, but leave with lots of heavy bags,” says Andres Delgado, CEO of FLARE. “Examples include grocery stores, farmers markets, and retail centers. We save our passengers time and the hassle of lugging heavy bags home, making their day go by that much easier. We’ve also provided shuttle service for special events for property managers and received great feedback from residents who love showing up to their destinations in style using our electric vehicles.”
Moving forward, FLARE intends to expand its client base, and to partner with researchers to improve the efficiency of its technologies and accommodate passenger needs.
“We are excited to begin serving Arlington and giving residents of non-Metro accessible areas a way to connect with other neighborhoods,” Delgado said just before the ribbon cutting. “There are many desirable places to live within Arlington County, but everyone is not able to live in locations with easy access to transit. We created FLARE as a solution to solve the connectivity problem within Arlington and in the greater D.C. metro area.”
Arlington County board member Matt de Ferranti was among the event’s speakers, along with Mike Rosenow, senior director of membership at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; and Lourdes Morales, business consultant with Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch.