Link electric scooter demonstrates pre-ride-sharing safety features
Link's scooter is built by Boston-based start-up Superpedestrian.
This is one of the companies eager to become a pilot program for electric scooter-sharing, similar to Citi Bike's lease.The border has not yet been set, but Manhattan will be off limits.
"I can actually see the demand because, as you know, during the pandemic, people didn't want to go back to trains or buses in New York," said Curtis Archer, a board member of the Department of Transportation.Alternative, a safe street team.
Electric scooters are a trend known as micro-mobility - personal electric devices have become an alternative to cars, taxis and public transport, especially since the era of hubris.
Scooter sharing schemes have popped up in cities across the country and around the world, but they can cause headaches for pedestrians, especially if people ride on sidewalks or accidentally park their scooters.
Superpedestrian represents the safety feature of an electric scooter: if the device slides into an area it is not supposed to enter, it automatically slows down and turns off the power.
In one demonstration, the first boundary was set on a set of orange cones where the scooter would automatically slow down from 15 MPH to 7.5 MPH and stop at another orange cone.
The product's developers say it is a solution to a problem that has plagued other cities.
Paul Steely White, Superpedestrian development director, said: "The city has been reluctant to open up streets for Shared micro-traffic because they want to make sure the fleet is away from pavements and pedestrian areas."
This year, the state and city legalized electric scooters, allowing them to travel 15 miles an hour.City law also authorizes testing of the scooter - sharing program.
They are different from electric MVS, which are already legal and can go up to 30 miles an hour.
The Revel Scooter car-sharing service USES them.
The city will continue to solicit proposals from electric scooter operators until Oct. 15, with the pilot starting as early as March outside Manhattan.