There are already quite a few electric scooter companies including Lime, Bird, Jump, Spin, and even Lyft. Each company allows consumers to rent electric scooters and also has their own mobile app to go along with their platform to locate and charge the scooters.
And then there's Scooter Map, first created last year to help contract workers known as "chargers" find scooters they would bring home to charge up in return for a payment. Site creator Victor Pontis said in an email that his map has connected 60,000 chargers to scooters that need more juice.
The app can now tell not only chargers but also riders the location of nearby scooters, all on one map. The map also shows battery level and which company the scooter is from. A toggle on the map switches it from "rider" to "charger" mode.
The map app combines a lot of options, which is an approach that ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are also using, and adding more transit options to the platform. Now through the Uber app you can order a car like usual, or rent an e-bicycle or e-scooter. Uber's CEO said last year he wants the company to be the "Amazon of transportation." Lyft offers a similar one-app system where it has scooters and bikes available. But each still only shows its own products available for rent.
Google Maps has attempted to incorporate the efficiency of Scooter Map with its Lime e-scooter integration. Within the navigation app you can see where Lime vehicles are available and start the mobile process of reserving and unlocking the device. But again, this is limited to one scooter company; you can't see other options.
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