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Bird, Lime, and Spin - Auto Scooters are the future?

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AnitaBAnthony
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 Posted 3 years, 1 month ago

With fundings at $150 to $200 million, I guess this is a real thing now.

It confuses me slightly though. These scooters have been around for a while, and only now they are making a business out of it. Wasn't there a reason Segways and those things didn't take off amongst commuters and college students?  (though I don't know what the reasoning was)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-29/sequoia-said-to-value-scooter-company-bird-at-1-billion

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    FitBitMeIn
    136
     3 years ago

    People want to get their exerecises in the city.

    I am all for this business to take off, but I do see some challenges.  I think there'd be a huge overhead in keeping the equipment in check.  There would have to be employees collecting these vehicles all over the city and re-distributing them to places.  Some will sure go missing.  Some will be broken or get into accidents.

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    HuhnHuhn
    127 Rider
     3 years ago

    I think there are many challenges:

    • Rules were quickly set up at public places like airports and city sidewalks where you are not allowed to ride them.  I don't know how these companies plan to solve that but they'll probably just ignore the rules until the authorities give up.
    • Batteries don't last that long.  Once the battery is dead, it becomes a brick.
    • It's dangerous for others around.  
    • They sort of suck in the rain.
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    cContino77
    153
     3 years ago

    Yes, because you look like a total d-bag.  That's the primary reason no one wanted to use them.

    and seriously?  No one wanted to carry them around them either once at location.  and they are heavy.  take up room, 

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      AnitaBAnthony
      OP 78
       3 years ago

      Well, won't Bird solve that problem then?  You get to your destination, and you leave it there.  on the doorstep.

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        cContino77
        153
         3 years ago

        Wait, is that really how it works?  That'd get user adoption, sure, but it can't be that easy. I mean, there'd be a million of these scooters abandoned all over the place.  I did read that they are dockless, but can you really just leave it at the lobby of your office?