A California-based start-up, Tortoise, is working on self-driving technology with which bikes and scooters drive themselves home after someone has used them.
And taxi-hailing app Uber announced earlier in the year that it was working towards the same goal.
Set to launch next month, the initiative is a progression for the temporary bike, scooter and Segway hire schemes which already exist around the world.
It could mean fewer of the bikes and scooters are left lying around in obscure places and that they all return to charging stations or busy areas when not in use.
Tortoise's scheme would help to keep the arrangements running smoothly and avoid the bikes and scooters ending up scattered around the city.
If able to drive themselves back to docking stations it would be easier for the operators to recharge, replace and retrieve the gadgets, CityLab reported.
Although the technology isn't in use yet, video has surfaced online of a scooter driving itself with the help of stabilizer wheels.
And the company is hoping to put its tech into use in the city of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, to see if it can ease congestion at lunchtimes.
It plans to roll out the technology there in November, as well as in two as-yet-unnamed cities in Europe.
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