Google Maps gives you more ways to find Lime scooters
Google Maps is making it easier to find a Lime bike or scooter on your own terms. As of today, the Android version of Google's app (iOS is due in the "coming weeks") can help you find Lime rides in the cycling and walking tabs, not just transit -- helpful if your leisurely stroll to work suddenly becomes much more urgent. You'll get detailed info like the time to walk to a scooter, the estimated ride cost, battery range and the all-important ETA. On-foot travelers will receive suggestions for Lime rides as an alternative when it's viable.
San Francisco was the birthplace of the electric scooter , with Bird, Spin and Lime starting operations there last March. However, there were many objections to the scourge of In the end, only two smaller companies, Skip and Scoot , were granted permits to operate last year, although Lime did try to block
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The relationship between San Franscico and sharable electric scooter programs has been contentious, with city authorities stepping in last year to regulate the services. Following the latest round of permit applications, the city has announced that four companies will be allowed to operate electric scooter programs for the next year: Jump, Lime, Scoot and Spin.
San Francisco was the birthplace of the electric scooter, with Bird, Spin and Lime starting operations there last March. However, there were many objections to the, including that discarded scooters blocked access for pedestrians and that people frequently rode them on pavements.
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“ San Francisco Public Works had to impound more than 500 scooters that were blocking Bird and Lime have chosen to operate scooters only, while Jump and Lyft will split their total between bikes and scooters . The scooters first arrived unannounced earlier this year in San Francisco , Los Angeles
San Francisco officials have authorized Skip, along with Scoot , to operate shared e - scooters in the city. Each company can operate at least 625 scooters , and permits Conspicuously not among the chosen few: Bird, Lime , and Spin , which launched scooter service in SF last March, without formal
In response to these complaints, the city vowed tofor scooter companies and to limit the number of companies granted licenses to operate e-scooter programs to five. The scooters then had to be removed from the streets while companies , with submitting applications for scooter programs including and Lyft.
In the end, only two smaller companies, Skip and Scoot, were granted permits to operate last year, although Lime did try to block the two services with a court case that was eventually.
In the latest round of 11 permit applications, Skip has been kicked to the curb and Jump, Lime and Spin have been accepted. Each company can deploy up to 1,000 scooters to begin with, with up to 2,5000 scooters each possible in the future. The 12-month permits will go into effect on October 15th this year.
Bosch to launch shared electric scooters in Paris this summer
New electric scooters arrive in Paris. With its Berlin experience, the German group Bosch, which wants to develop connected services and mobility, has indeed decided to launch this summer in the French capital its offer of "e-scooters" called Scoot.
This service, expected from July in the streets of the capital, will compete with the French Cityscoot, which already offers a fleet of 1,000 vehicles. That said, Maureen Houel, Coup's France DG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch, estimates that with 2 million Parisians, there is enough room for two players in such a market, the aim being to do so. grow. The subsidiary of the German group has deployed its offer with 200 scooters, the Taiwanese manufacturer Gogoro in Berlin in the summer of 2016 and now has 1,000.
Connected and geolocated via a mobile application, Coup's electric scooters will be equipped with a helmet and discreet charlottes. They will be limited to 45 km / h and capable of driving 100 km between two refills. Users will however have to rest the scooter in the area where they took it. At first 600 scooters will be deployed in the center of the capital, in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th districts. It is therefore within this perimeter that the scooter will have to be returned otherwise the user will continue to pay. Eventually, of course, the area will be expanded.
It will not be necessary to connect the scooters on terminals at the end of rental: the company will take care of reloading, the machine will have to be parked in the intervention zone of the teams.
A formula closer to Vélib 'than Cityscoot
Moreover, everything will work thanks to the smartphone. "We download the application, we send his driver's license, then we unlock a scooter with his smartphone, with a Bluetooth connection.There is no terminal or subscription," says La Tribune Maureen Houel . However, for the launch, the group has chosen to limit access to these scooters to people over 21, holders of a driver's license. The opening hours are still under study, as is the possibility of allowing two on a craft.
Price side, the chosen formula is more Vélib 'than Cityscoot. The rental of scooters will work in effect forfeit: four euros for the first half hour, then one euro will be charged per increment of 10 minutes. "We chose a simple rate to limit the stress" of users, says Maureen Houel.
The aim is to meet the mobility needs of young people in search of flexibility and intermodality. And if the transplant takes as well as in the German capital, Coup then plans to set the course for other cities.
Scoot makes its new single-seat mopeds available in Los Angeles .
You don't have to wait to try Bird's latest take on electric two-wheelers, provided you're an Angeleno. Bird's sub-brand Scoot has rolled out electric mopeds in Los Angeles as part of a pilot program. It's only a single-seater versus the two-seat Bird Cruiser, but the concept is otherwise the same -- it's a faster, more comfortable option for those who want to get around quickly and don't want to hop in a rideshare car. You can hail one from the Bird or Scoot apps, and it includes a helmet if you can't bring your own.Unlike scooters and regular bikes, you need to be at least 18 years old and carry a valid driver's license to take one for a ride.