The new scooter, the Segway T60, looks different from the regular Spin fleet with the addition of a third wheel up front.
The scooter is also equipped with sensors and other technologies provided by a startup called Tortoise, which has been testing how remote operation can make shared electric scooter fleets easier to manage.
Starting this spring, Spin plans to begin testing 250 remote-powered scooters in Boise, Idaho, before deciding whether to expand the experiment to additional markets.
The Tortoise software – which uses the scooter’s built-in front and rear cameras – makes it possible for remote operators to move the scooter when it blocks sidewalks or street traffic.
“There has been a lot of hype around the potential of the remote electric scooter, but this partnership marks a turning point in concrete operational plans to bring it onto the streets of the city,” said Ben Bear, Spin’s chief business officer.
In addition to providing reliability to consumers and more demands on city streets, this could significantly improve unit economies.
This also reduces the operational work required to maintain and reposition fleets, while reducing the miles spent traveling to restore balance to vehicles.
The current experiment aims to solve the problem that has plagued the ride-sharing scooter industry since its inception.
The scooters are currently being assembled Every night by teams of independent contractors for charging and rebalancing, The teams are paid based on the number of scooters they can collect each night.
The damage to the scooter reduces its life, along with the widespread theft, which forms An enormous logistical challenge that can be dangerous for the self-employed.
The passenger has difficulty tracking the available scooter when he wants it, as the scooter clogs the sidewalks and obstructs the road for people who use wheelchairs and other pedestrians with mobility problems.
The scooters end up being found in a few places, rather than spreading evenly around the city, where Cities complained about companies failing to place enough scooters in low-income and minority communities to ensure equitable distribution.
Presumably, the Segway T60 is more stable built specifically for this type of application, andSpin notes that the Segway T60 has an improved suspension, and three independent brake systems, And inflection signals.
After the flight is complete, Tortoise’s remotes take off By repositioning the scooter in the correct place or if The scooter was blocking the sidewalk, pedestrian crossing, or accessible space for people with special needs.
Later this year, Spin says it is introducing an in-app scooter recall service, allowing customers to pre-order the electric scooter or in real time.