Heavy traffic is the bane of the urban lifestyle. Some cities are better regulated than the others but with the incidence of thousands of people in small areas, congestion is inevitable. One can expect “scooter sharing” to be the norm soon, to ease the traffic.
Scooter sharing services are coming up in hordes as companies are keen to rent out smart electric scooters for a fast commute within the town. These e-scooters are environment-friendly and usually possess tech can assess the distance travelled by a particular user.
Segway-Ninebot and its semi-autonomous e-scooter!
Uber and Lyft have already aimed to get autonomous vehicles on roads but Chinese company Segway-Ninebot has already made inroads!
According to a Reuters report, Segway-Ninebot has introduced an e-scooter with several semi-autonomous capabilities. It boasts of three wheels, electric power, and also its latent ability to drive itself back to the charging station! Where did you hear that before? In movies, probably. But expect this now in the real world!
When the ride time is up, here is an e-scooter that will literally scoot by itself back to its station. Uber and Lyft will be eyeballing this idea for saving time and money, since the market is going to become larger than ever in the coming years.
Benefit for Ride-Sharing Services
Scooter-sharing companies have now started collecting all kinds of discharged scooters in the market; incentivizing users to ride them back to the charging station, before the battery runs out. It does not work despite requests.
Segway-Ninebot has roped in Uber and Lyft as first customers to buy their e-scooters. Although commitments haven’t been aired till now, one can expect these scooters are sure to be snagged for respective fleets. The companies are already aiming to become a streamlined ride-sharing service. Self-return and self-charging capabilities are just the first step towards the goal of autonomous vehicles in the fleet.