Are scooters “automatically driven”? It can solve the “last mile” problem
Segway-Ninebot, the innovative robot of the smart short-traffic and service-based robotics industry, recently released an electric scooter that automatically returns to the charging station without a driver. This may be a boon for the booming electric scooter sharing industry. .
The company said Uber and Lyft will be among the customers of the new semi-autonomous vehicles that will be launched early next year. The two car service giants are expanding into the shared scooter space.
Gao Lufeng, chairman and CEO of No. 9 robot, said in an interview: "With remote cloud control, artificial intelligence-driven electric scooters can fundamentally improve the economic benefits of sharing electric scooters."
He said: "The pain point of scooter operators is to better maintain the scooter at a lower cost." Currently, operators of scooter shared fleets must manually collect vehicles for charging.
Founded in 2012, the No. 9 robot focuses on the short-distance transportation and robotics field. In 2015, it acquired the Segway, the balance car company. The company has quietly become the largest supplier of shared scooters such as Bird and Lime.
Gao Lufeng said: "I believe that small scooters will replace bicycles and become the main solution for the short-haul travel market."
Two years ago, with the launch of Bird in California, the craze for sharing scooters began. Since then, venture capital investors have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the industry, and electric scooters have quickly swept the short-term transportation market in Europe and America.
"Nine Robots" has applied for listing in China's "star market" STAR Market. Gao Lufeng announced that by the end of 2019, the company will have a production capacity of more than 10 million units! He also revealed that in the 2018, the No. 9 robot sold more than 2.3 million units worldwide and received sales of 4.2 billion yuan.
The price of the new smart electric scooter will be close to 10,000 yuan, and the company's traditional electric scooter price is about 1,000 to 2,000 yuan.
The new machine will begin road testing next month and will be commercially commercialized in the first quarter of 2020.
At the same time, the company also introduced two self-driving delivery robots: one for outdoor delivery and the other for indoor services.
This unmanned delivery robot will initially serve the food delivery industry in China. The company is negotiating with food takeaway operators including Meituan and Hungry. It is possible to start service in the first half of next year.
Today, with the gradual shortage of labor and the increasing order volume, distribution robots that can assist manpower to complete indoor and outdoor distribution work can help the express delivery and take-out industries solve the capacity bottleneck and create a robotic labor force with huge market potential.