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What mechanisms are there to prevent vandalism and enforce accountability on Bird Scooter riders?

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ChatswickFan
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 Posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I haven't heard of any Bird Scooters here in CT, but I can't sleep while I wonder this question.  I get it that I can probably not steal it as there are GPS chips on it, but what about damages while they all just sit there in public?

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    jjsmith
    44
     2 years ago

    Maybe when a person goes to pick up the Scooter and it is damaged, they can be prompted to report the damage to Bird or whichever company they use. Then they can determine it was the person who used the scooter prior who caused the damage, and charge them accordingly. 

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      willygerald
      7
       2 years ago

      Thats a good idea. I wonder if any of the companies have started doing that yet. You would think they want a system in place to avoid such damages and potential costs for them. 

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    chewy
    82
     2 years ago

    They crowd source this. People get paid to pick the scooters up, bring them home, and charge them. If the scooter is damaged, then they know who last used it. I assume that if it's an isolated incident, they probably just let it go. After all someone could have come along and damaged it after the last person rode it. But if the same person keeps having damaged scooters they would probably ban them eventually is my guess.

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      FuegoJuno
      128
       2 years ago

      wait, what?  they bring them home?  Wouldn't all the scooters end up being in a single location then?

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        chewy
        82
         2 years ago

        Not home for the scooters, home for the person charging them. I don't know where they bring them afterwards. I guess they just put them back on the street.

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    DFosterG11
    187
     2 years ago

    You know, I live in CA, and I thought they had this figured it. I mean how could they be pushing this if they hadn't, right?  China had major issues in the past decade with rental bicycles, so I suspected they worked out the kinks..  ....but no.....

    Like you said, there is no accountability to what happens when the clock isn't running.  

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      DonutDrivers
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       2 years ago

      well, it's even when the clock is running, right?  If you broke it or dipped in sewer, jut end your ride, and it's back on the streets.

      It's like how things will be with Autonomous Robot Taxis.  Some people have talked about this.  Those cars will get super dirty, and if there are no drivers, what will they do?  Robots can't clean cars.

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    lionfool
    236 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    They say their incidences of vandalism to the scooters is really low. Surprisingly. But I'm sure it does happen.

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    ChazKillington
    39
     1 year ago

    Yes, but I heard there is quite a bit of thefts and vandalisms with these things. College pranksters hang them up as trophies in their dormrooms. 

    They claim GPS and all that, but once you cut the electricity and take out the controlbox, it's back to a regular ol' electric scooter.

    Plus, people love bashing and destroying things they find in public.

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    jknobson77
    94
     2 years ago

    The bicycles I realized have locking mechanisms but also ask the riders to afix them on to stationary things. like trees.

    Seems a bit weird.