Spin, a subsidiary of U.S. automaker Ford, plans to bring remote-controlled electric scooters to European and North American cities this year. The e-trek scooters should be able to be moved remotely so that they do not obstruct anyone on the sidewalk, for example; or the e-trek scooter is moved if it was last parked in a place where it is unlikely to be used again.
Later this year, Spin also plans to offer an in-app feature that will allow customers to request an e-scooter in advance or in real time. Operators remotely direct the model, called S-200, to the desired location.
Test in Boise
The "Spin Valet" said technology consists of a front camera and software from Tortoise. 300 electric scooters equipped with the system will initially be tested in Boise, Idaho, USA.
The S-200, developed by Spin in conjunction with Segway-Ninebot, features machine learning and robotics technology and an advanced navigation system, Spin announced. The S-200 is said to be suitable for different road conditions thanks to improved suspension. The vehicle is also equipped with three independent brakes and turn signals on the handlebars and rear wheel.
E-scooters in public traffic
Since the 15. June 2019, electric stand-up scooters, also called e-treadooters or e-scooters, are allowed on public roads in Germany. Already the first ones have been spotted in German cities.
Spin has been present on German streets since last summer. Currently, the Ford subsidiary’s e-treadrollers are available in Koln, Bonn, Bruhl, Wesseling, Dortmund, Essen, Recklinghausen, Duisburg, Herne, Frechen and Lohmar.