Multiple owners, clashes with regulators in multiple cities — scooter company Spin is riding the ups and downs of micromobility.
Spin plans to achieve its goals through several initiatives, said CEO Philip Reinckens. car news at the Move America conference in Austin, Texas last week.
First, we have to deal with the lack of loyalty of most scooter riders. According to Reinckens, they usually have several scooter apps on their phones.
“Whether the scooter is orange, green or black, it doesn’t matter to most riders,” he said.
Passengers typically look for the nearest scooter with the longest battery life. This makes Spin’s strategy to fully charge the scooter and put it in the right place at the right time.
Spin has developed its own lidar analytics software to help place scooters in strategic locations, Reinckens said. These include bus stops, train stations, office parks and university campuses. We also partner with hotels to offer free or discounted rides to our guests.
Spin was also one of the first companies to replace scooter batteries instead of charging the vehicle remotely. This saves the company money and allows the scooter’s batteries to charge more fully, Reinckens said.
Spin also worked with Segway and Tortoise, a micromobility product developer in Mountain View, California, to create a more stable, remote-controlled three-wheeled scooter. This will allow offsite operators to steer the scooters using images from the on-board cameras, allowing Spin to remotely relocate the scooters to areas of highest demand.
This technology will eventually allow Spin to automatically deliver scooters to customers. Similar to its ride-hailing service, the company lets you see the progress of its scooters on its app.
Backlash from Residents and City Officials
Such monitoring technology could also help Spin and micromobility companies to alleviate concerns among city officials and neighbors that scooters are blocking sidewalks and creating other hazards.
San Francisco’s public works department seized dozens of Spin shared e-bikes in 2018 after complaints of blocked sidewalks.
Spin also shut down its scooter service within days of launching in Austin in March 2017. This is due to a dispute with the city regarding permits and regulations. Austin then licensed Spin to operate up to 1,000 scooters in the city.
After initial resistance, cities are now embracing micromobility and even creating special accommodations for scooters. he said.
“This sets the stage for a larger and broader deployment,” said Rankot.
Spin also works closely with city and university partners to improve safety, Reinckens said.
Along with competitors such as Bird and Lime, Spin has invested in technology to detect illegal sidewalk driving and comply with local scooter parking laws.
In March, Berlin-based Tier acquired Los Angeles’ Fantasmo to incorporate computer vision technology that can detect traffic violations, dangerous vehicles and illegally parked scooters. Spin is working with Drover AI, also in Los Angeles, to use its computer vision technology to determine if the scooter is riding or parked in the right spot.
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