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?
What mechanisms are there to prevent vandalism and enforce accountability on Bird Scooter riders?
The Guru Take
Yes, there are a few mechanisms, such as the GPS and kill-switch
According to Bird that provides the scooters, there are indeed few mechanisms that prevents theft and vadalism:
- The Bird scooters have GPS units built in and are connected to the Internet at all times. This allows the company, as well, as the potential riders, to identify the locations of these scooters.
- There is also an electronic lock that disables wheel movement. In case of an attempted theft, there is even an alarm built into the unit when it is moved without it being unlocked by the app.
- The company has also indicated that there is an automatic kill-switch that is engaged when the scooter loses its power. This can be engaged when the battery dies or electronics are tampered with, and it locks the wheels rendering the unit useless to anyone who steals it.
UPDATE (4/19/2019): Lime is considering adding "drunk driving feature" as this has become a widespread problem among scooter renters.