Superpedestrian, which you might remember from the Copenhagen Wheel, is getting into electric scooter ridesharing. But rather than try and compete with the juggernauts of Lime, Uber, or Lyft, the Cambridge-based company is instead turning its attention to making the scooter hardware that everyone else uses to build out their fleets.
The result is an electric scooter featuring a “Vehicle Intelligence” system, which monitors the scooter’s hardware and reports back to a cloud-based fleet monitoring system. Support tickets can be raised automatically when hardware fails, reducing the time it takes to get a scooter repaired, and the system is also capable of imposing parking or speed restrictions remotely, geofencing its restrictions to comply with evolving city regulations.
All this monitoring and analytics means that Superpedestrian estimates that the scooter should last for between nine and 18 months with commercial use, and has a 60-mile range that should mean it will last between three and seven days between charges. Those are big claims, but as the electric scooter craze shows little sign of slowing down, these are considerations that are going to continue to be important.