DC Scooters - Here to Stay
Micro mobility and the fight for the “last mile” is a hot topic around the world. At dc scooter LLC – Home of the SMART scooter offers a subscription-based program with an all-inclusive service/maintenance packages to the general public and businesses as transportation solutions. The scooter is “Smart” because it is a Self-balancing, Multiterrain, Affordable, Reliable, and Transportation.
WHO WE ARE!
MORE MILES – LESS MINUTES: RENT BY THE HOUR, NOT BY THE MINUTE…The Smart Scooter, SCOOT training, and the all-inclusive service/maintenance program offer users a practical, efficient, and Eco friendly transportation solution that is: NOT AN ELECTRIC KICK SCOOTER.
The self-balancing technology is truly remarkable and makes it so easy that anyone can do it! “Does it use artificial intelligence?” “It’s like an extension of your body.” The electric motor propels the rider forward, but how fast or slow it goes depends on the rider’s center of gravity. If the rider leans forward the sensors detect it and will move forward. Leaning forward will also increase speed once in motion. Conversely, leaning back will slow the rider down, or go backwards. The degree of the leaning is used to control the scooter’s motion and speed, or the change thereof. The adjustable handle bars control the direction of travel.
The SMART scooter is a multi-terrain vehicle and can be utilized for more than just point to point transportation and is fully functional on almost all surfaces. From a B2B point of view. It can streamline logistics inefficiencies at the warehouse or increase revenue by adding a delivery option at a restraunt. More4motion partnered with dc scooter also offers accessories to customize the SMART Scooter.
The dc scooter subscription-based service and More4motion leasing options offer customers flexibility and convenience. Insurance and all costs associated with the service, maintenance, and supplies are built into the simple monthly payment. The typical length of the leases will be 12-36 months.
Let’s talk reliability! Five-star customer service and a response time under 30 minutes for onsite support. The battery lasts up to 12 miles (depending on weight) and top speed is 15 mph. Market research, customer surveys, findings, etc. have shown that the popular electric kick scooters that travel at similar speeds of 15 mph or higher – without the adaptive self-balancing technology are more dangerous for riders and more of an annoyance for pedestrians, drivers, and the streets. The SMART scooter is also fully functional and safe to ride: Rain/wet terrain, grass/sand/stones/gravel, inclines/declines up to 15 degrees.
Transportation offering true mobility and freedom. The simplified riding experience is powered by a combination of dual electric motors (one in each 11 inch wheel), precision sensors, and high-performance processors. The SMART scooter automatically identifies the terrains and conditions you're traveling on and adjusts to your height, body weight, and riding style. It is small and portable, but also has a sleek and stylish design with customizable LED lights, and smart phone integration.
Dc scooter and more4motion believes that a mobility companies’ number 1 interest should be the local community it is operating in – the ecosystem of riders, drivers, pedestrians. The technology and support behind the SMART scooter are as important as the streets they are riding on. Dcscooter is NOT a dock less scooter share application product such as companies discussed in this press release like Bird, Lime, and Jump.
Accidents are a serious concern with scooter use. Scooter training has been recommended to improve safety, but there are currently few validated programs available. Therefore, we developed a Systematic, Comprehensive, One-to-One Training (SCOOT) program for scooter users. Customers will have the option for a “direct connection” with a human for onsite training in addition to virtual instruction via website and smartphone APP. We will conduct a study to evaluate the outcomes produced by the provision SCOOT.
How We Do It
dc scooter partnered with M4M offers users true mobility and freedom with the SMART scooter and SCOOT support/service program
Dc scooter will implement “proof of concept” also known as pilot programs, to colleges in the DC area. On the other end of the spectrum from an age point of view, several global trends are driving the need for personal micro mobility solutions such as the world's population is ageing rapidly - people are still staying alive longer and staying more active. Another huge indicator and opportbity for new markets is a simple one – WOMEN. Although men and women bicycle at relatively equal rates in industrialized countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, research has consistently found that in the United States men's total bicycle trips surpass women's by a ratio of at least 2 to 1 (Emond Tang, & Handy, 2009). According to the Transportation Research Record, bicycle use in six small cities in the western United States were examined to determine how gender interacts with individual factors and social and physical environments to influence bicycle riding behavior. Current evidence, though limited, suggests that women are affected to greater or lesser degrees than men by certain factors. As a result, there is a strong interaction of gender with individual factors such as safety perception and household responsibilities and, to a lesser degree, with social and environmental factors to influence this consumer behavior. In Washington DC it is not ideal for a woman dressed in business professional clothing to ride a bike – regardless of age, job status, and other physical factors. The SMART scooter is a green, clean, and cost effective product that has the functionality to replace normal bikes and electric bikes shares in Washington, DC. The SMART scooter works for anyone who rides a bike, hails a cab/uber, metro and bus because it is a true point to point transportation solution. The SMART scooters have extended range and are less physically demanding, compared with regular bicycles and more cost effective and “fun” than electric bike shares and kick scooters.
Electric scooter (e-scooter) companies are growing in popularity across the United States and big players like looking to take advantage of the rideshare economy by providing an independent alternative to cars and bicycles. E-scooters and micro-mobility market have continued to evolve over time. There are still public transportation options in most major cities along with taxicabs and Uber, but the fight for the “last mile” of transportation has created a rapid growing industry. The way scooter-sharing works is that the electric scooters can be unlocked by downloading an app on a smartphone. They typically cost about $1 to start and 15-30 cents per minute and max out at around 10-15 mph.
Bird and Lime are the biggest powerhouses in scooter shares, although they've only been around a year or so. E-scooter start-up Bird is the burgeoning industry's first unicorn, with a recent funding round that values the company at $1 billion, according to a Bloomberg report. Travis VanderZanden, Bird’s chief executive officer, was formerly an executive at both Lyft and Uber (Newcomer, 2018). Uber also bought the dock less bike-sharing company Jump this year and now offers scooter and bike rentals in addition to cars in certain areas. In Washington DC ,Lyft bought Capital Bikeshare which uses a docking system and a simple “unlock, ride, return” concept.
In addition to competing with Uber and Lyft for market share in the micro mobility market, automakers such as Ford, are trying to broaden their business — to become "mobility" companies rather than just selling cars (Doubek, 2018). Ford bought Spin scooters, but won't confirm the price tag. Reports put the purchase price at $100 million and an overall investment from Ford of $200 million. Spin is still a relatively small scooter company — it operates in just 14 markets while rivals Bird and Lime each operate in dozens of cities. Spin is working on expanding to about 100 markets in the next 18 months, according to Spin co-founder Derrick Ko. The automaker also funded a project at Purdue University that brought 40 scooters to the West Lafayette, Ind., campus. Ford also sponsors GoBike, which offers rentals of regular and electric bikes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ford also sells its own licensed brand electric scooter through a company called Ojo for about $2,200. The Smart Scooter is half that price.
TRANSPORTATION OF THE FUTURE
The Smart Scooter is an intuitive, intelligent vehicle which uses gyroscopic sensors detects the motion of rider, so that he can accelerate, brake or steer the vehicle. It is self-balancing is an ecofriendly mode of transport which causes zero pollution. To ensure your safety, in addition to the SCOOT training program, the lighting system consists of automatic headlights and LED taillights. The 2 sleek and stylish LED taillights, by default, are in blue. It turns red when you're braking/backing up and turns yellow when you're turning left or right. The lighting system is designed for safety, but users will also have the ability to customize taillights with over 20 color options and combinations.
• ONLY Self-balancing vehicle with UL-2272 certification
• Range of 12 miles on a single charge
• Top speed of 15 miles per hour
• Headlights, Taillights, Signal lights, Brake lights
• Fully functional on inclines up to 15 degrees.
• Waterproof – IP54 certified
The Smart Scooter offers users true mobility and freedom – dc scooter uses intuitive, cutting-edge technology and provides SCOOT support so that it takes the first time user less than 3 minutes to learn. The self-balancing technology simplifies the riding experience through combination of advanced control algorithms, precision gyro sensors, and high-performance processors so that the Smart Scooter feels like an extension of the rider’s body. The innovation behind the SMART Scooter is that it is road and rider adaptive. When approaching a small obstacle, the power instantaneously increases which in turn enhances the stability of the Smart Scooter. The material for the base plate (where the rider stands) is iron due to its high strength and to avoid bending. The handlebar is essentially a 1 inch steel pipe that is threaded to form a ‘T’ joint. When the rider tilts forward the platform along with the handle tilts forward. It also meticulously designed shock absorbing pads that significantly reduces sudden jolts. It has a IP54 rating, which means you can travel even when it rains and is the only UL-2272 certified e-scooter - (On Feb. 2nd, 2016, Underwriters Laboratories published UL 2272 - Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters, applying our extensive experience of evaluating battery electrical systems for safety. UL 2272 takes a holistic approach to electrical system safety by considering not only the critical parts (including the cells, pack, motor, charger, and controls) but also the overall system safety. The CPSC issued a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards to urge them to make certain that the self-balancing scooters they “import, manufacture, distribute or sell in the United States comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272.)
A range of factors, including improvements in battery and motor technology coupled with innovative industrial design, are contributing to the emergence of electric scooters with greater range and enhanced performance. While mobility, safety and environmental impacts are considered, governments could employ a range of policy instruments to respond to the opportunities and threats presented by electric scooters. The primary focus for legal implications is on vehicle standards and safety and while ethical concerns are more focused on what happens after the scooter is used. A review of regulations in different cities highlights little consistency in the parameters used to regulate E-scooters. Many unresolved issues are identified to guide future research on this vehicle type. For instance, Nine people who were injured by electric scooters filed a class-action suit on Oct. 19 2018 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit is targeting electric scooter-sharing companies Bird and Lime, as well as their manufacturers Xiaomi Corporation of gross negligence, claiming the companies knew the scooters were dangerous and deployed them in a way that was certain to cause injuries. Cities like Denver and San Francisco have banned Bird, with critics saying that people often just leave the scooters wherever. There’s even a hashtag: #ScootersBehavingBadly (Ryan, 2018). Regulatory hurdles and safety concerns pose a significant challenge to their mass adoption. In the U.K., for example, powered mini scooters are not allowed to be used on pavements. If the owners want to use them on the roads, scooters would need to be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and then licensed and insured. Users would also have to obtain a driving license and wear a helmet. (Rose, 2011). The same is required for the 3rd most congested city in the world, New York City. A quick hop, skip, and a jump takes us to the other side of the country where the dock less scooters concept orgignated in San Francisco in 2012. It really took off, like wild fire between 2016 and 2018 in USA and European countries. Although, the scooter sharing service sector is still in its initial stage, which makes it a costly affair for service providers, which, in turn, makes the service more expensive for end users as compared to others.
TO BIG TO FAIL?
According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, buoyed by an increasing demand for public mobility solutions for covering short distances, the micro mobility market share is expected to witness tremendous growth in the upcoming years. Among the different types of micro mobility services, bike (bicycle) sharing was the most widely used micro mobility service in the historical period (2017–2018). However, the fastest growth is expected to be witnessed in the kick scooter sharing category, during the forecast period (2019–2025). The category is witnessing heavy investments from established investors across the world, which is vastly contributing to the growth of the kick scooter sharing market. Moreover, the rapid adoption of these services in the North American region is further expected to propel the growth of the category. North America is the largest market for kick scooter sharing services. In late 2017, kick scooter sharing companies began to flood the market in the U.S. Bird was the first company in the market, and it was quickly followed by Lime, Spin, and Skip. Bird’s launch in September 2017 and the entry of several other companies in the kick scooter sharing market thereafter, vastly benefitted the regional market.
In November 2018, VOI Technology, a Swedish electric scooter sharing company, received an amount of $50 million as part of its Series A round of funding. Its investors included BIG KNOWN TECH NAMES, which supports the research conducted by dcscooter and M4M….
Balderton Capital, along with Vostok New Ventures, LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and several angel investors, such as Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Wilke; Justin Mateen, a cofounder of Tinder; Sebastian Knutsson, a cofounder of King; and Zillow’s CEO, Spencer Rascoff. The company currently operates in Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Norway, and the Benelux region, and with this investment, it aims to expand in other countries. Further, in July 2019, Bird announced its intention to launch its largest European hub in Paris, and it is expected to hire over 1,000 employees over the next two years, citing rapid growth in the coming years.Some of the major players operating in the bike sharing niche of the micromobility market are Ofo, Donkey Republic, Hopr, Mobike, and Nextbike. Lime, Bird, Razor, Bolt, and Skip operate in the kick scooter sharing niche, and Coup, Emmy, Cityscoot, Felyx, and eCooltra in the scooter sharing domain. the major players in the micromobility market have taken several strategic measures, such as product launches, mergers and acquisitions, and facility expansions, to gain a competitive edge. For instance, in October 2019, Uber entered into a partnership with Cityscoot to integrate the latter’s scooter sharing service booking platform in Uber’s application. Through this development, users will be able to book a ride through Uber’s app; the service is available at around $0.32 (EUR 0.29) per minute. The development would benefit Cityscoot by increasing its users, and it will provide another revenue source to Uber.
Key Questions Addressed/Answered in the Report
• What will be the global micromobility market size, including for bike sharing, kick scooter sharing, and scooter sharing, in terms of revenue and rides taken, from 2018 to 2025?
• What is the market potential and forecast in various countries and region?
• How much funding has been raised by micromobility start-ups in various stages?
• What are the key legislations detailing the cap on maximum fleet sizes in various in cities?
• What will be the impact of investments by tech giants in the micromobility market?
• What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities for the market for the period 2019–2025?
• What are the key developments and strategies of the companies in the market?
• What is the market share of regional companies?
• What will be the impact of micromobility on the electric two-wheeler manufacturing industry?
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