China’s shared bicycle industry is about to be replaced by the emerging electric scooter sharing industry?
China's Ninebot has introduced a scooter that can be returned to a charging station, such as a robotic vacuum cleaner. Venture capitalists have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the scooter sharing industry. Electric motorcycle fleets are now operating in cities in the US and Europe.
Wang Min, chairman of NINEBOT, launched the semi-autonomous scooter T60 at the Segway Nine Robotics Launch Conference in Beijing, China, which can return to the charging station without a driver.
The Segway-Ninebot Group, a Beijing-based electric scooter manufacturer, has released a scooter that can return to a charging station without a driver, a potential boon for the emerging scooter sharing industry.
Ninebot said that Uber and Lyft, the two car giants that are expanding into the shared area of scooters, will become one of the new semi-autonomous vehicles customers, which are expected to be on the road early next year.
Ninebot Chairman and CEO Gao Lufeng said in an interview that the artificial intelligence-driven scooter controlled by cloud computing can fundamentally improve the economics of scooter sharing.
He said: "The pain of scooter operators is to better maintain motorcycles at a lower cost." Currently, operators of scooter-sharing fleets must manually collect machines for charging.
“I believe scooters will replace bicycles as the primary solution for micro mobility,” Wang said.
Two years ago, with the launch of Bird in California, the wave of scooter sharing began. Since then, VC investors have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the industry, and electric motorcycle fleets are now operating in cities in the US and Europe.
A man tried the Segway self-balancing scooter before the Segway-Nine Robotics product launch in Beijing
In 2018, NINEbot sold 1.6 million motorcycles
The new scooter will sell for nearly $10,000 ($1,420), which is higher than the company's $100 to $300 traditional scooter sold to scooters.
Everyone is welcome to discuss, regardless of cost, or environmental protection, sharing scooters will replace shared bicycles in China?