Electric scooters have quickly become a common sight within a lot of cities as a new form of mobility. Consumers use an app to unlock an electric scooter and then are able to move around freely. But what could be next for urban mobility?
Stockholm-based startup Cangoroo says pogo sticks. Seriously. Or at least that’s what Cangoroo claimed in a press release.
“With a lot of initial questions along the line of ‘is this for real?’, we feel the need to underline that Cangoroo is 100% real,” the release said.
The company says it plans to deliver the first pogo sticks this summer to Swedish cities Malmö and Stockholm, with London and San Francisco following in the fall, ABC 7 reported.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has not been contacted, but Cangoroo founder Adam Mikkelson said the company will cooperate with city officials, KTVU reported.
“We’ve been following the micro-mobility market and seen the demand,” Mikkelson said, according to KPIX. “However, we also found that existing players are very generic when it comes to brand loyalty and making a statement and contributing to something beyond taking you from point A to B.”
Unlocking a Cangoroo would work similarly to e-scooter shares such as Bird and Lime. Users would locate a Cangoroo on a smartphone app, agree to charges ($1 to unlock then 3 cents a minute) then scan the pogo stick’s QR code and get to hoppin’, according to their website.
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