In many cities, small electric scooters can be rented for short trips for a little money. The scooters provide easy and relatively fast transportation for locals and tourists, but the downside is that scooters are left in parks, streets, doorways, and other places where they do not belong. Segway-Ninebot has developed an electric scooter that can return to its base after a ride has ended.
In the launch event of the Segway-Ninebot Kickscooter T-60, Ninebot’s Chairman told Reuters that the new scooter is a response to rental companies’ problem with abandoned vehicles. The rental company must collect scooters and transport them to a charging station for charging and inspection. This is time consuming and requires employees who drive around a city locating vehicles and picking them up.
The key innovation in the Kickscooter T-60 is that it comes with software that makes it possible for the scooter to drive back to its home station by itself. The three-wheeled vehicle is monitored and can be controlled from a remote service center as it rolls along streets.
Using the mobile phone app, customers can also ask a scooter to come and meet them, without having to walk to the nearest free vehicle.
The scooter is expected to be available in early 2020 for rental companies. Price level is at USD 1400.
View the introductory video for the autonomous Segway-Ninebot scooter:
Segway-Ninebot was established in 2015 when Chinese Ninebot and U.S. Segway merged. The company is the largest supplier of vehicles for scooter rental companies, like Bird and Lime.
Via El Output.