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Spin to bring remotely operated e-scooters to cities in 2021 - SmartCitiesWorld


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Ford Motor Company micro-mobility subsidiary, Spin, has announced an exclusive international partnership with software company Tortoise to bring Spin S-200 remotely operated e-scooters to cities in North America and Europe in 2021.

It marks the first concrete plans to roll out the three-wheeled e-scooter, the Spin S-200, which has been co-developed with Segway-Ninebot, via a partnership between Spin and Tortoise.

Valet remote platform

The newly launched Spin Valet platform makes it possible to remotely operate Spin’s fleet, and automatically re-park scooters out of the pathway of pedestrians and other sidewalk or street traffic. Spin Valet combines Tortoise’s software with the front and rear facing built-in cameras on the S-200. The company claims this technology will eventually make it possible for an e-scooter to travel several blocks to riders.

The S-200 first S-200 fleet will be piloted in Boise, Idaho this spring. This is the first time the technology will be launched with a robust, more stable three-wheeled e-scooter, which can better withstand different road conditions due to its enhanced suspension. S-200 claims to offer a safer ride with three independent braking systems (regenerative rear brake, front and rear drum brakes) and turn signals (on handle bars and near the rear wheel).

The newly launched Spin Valet platform makes it possible to remotely operate Spin’s fleet, and automatically re-park scooters out of the pathway of pedestrians and other sidewalk or street traffic. Spin Valet combines Tortoise’s software with the front and rear facing built-in cameras on the S-200. The company claims this technology will eventually make it possible for an e-scooter to travel several blocks to riders.

“This could significantly improve unit economics, reducing carbon emissions and the operational work required to maintain and reposition fleets”

“There has been a lot of fanfare around the potential of remote-controlled e-scooters, but this partnership marks a turning point in tangible operational plans to bring them to city streets,” said Ben Bear, chief business officer, Spin. “In addition to providing reliability to consumers and more order to city streets, this could significantly improve unit economics, reducing carbon emissions and the operational work required to maintain and reposition fleets.”


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