The Ford Motor Company subsidiary’s e-scooters can be rented for €0.30 per minute and further deployments will follow in the German cities of Dortmund and Essen.
Micro-mobility company Spin is launching its first service in an international market in Germany. Its e-scooters are available in the city of Cologne and launches will follow in the German cities of Dortmund and Essen.
Citizens will be able to rent the e-sccoters for €0.30 per minute using a smartphone app with no fee to unlock a ride. Customers are presented with a short guided safety tutorial when they download the app and can find the nearest Spin scooter via its digital map.
Spin is a Ford Motor Company subsidiary and its promise is to always “get permission before acting”. It claims to maintain close communication with local governments and partners. By implementing region-specific firmware and utilising geofencing technology, users will not be able to end their ride in a no-parking zone or exceed the maximum speed limit.
“We are seeing heavier adoption of micro-mobility all around the world,” said Derrick Ko, CEO and co-founder of Spin. “People still need an affordable way to get around while maintaining appropriate physical distance.
“Since the emergence of Covid-19, we have facilitated more than 10,000 rides for healthcare professionals, continued to work closely with cities to fill in transportation gaps, and provide our riders with a dependable solo transportation option for their essential trips.
“As lockdown restrictions are lifting worldwide, we are resuming operations in more of our markets and ready to launch our product and service in Germany.”
In response to Covid-19, Spin has introduced extensive safety and health measures for its employees to follow during operations such as increasing the frequency of disinfecting its scooters.
It claims every time a scooter enters the warehouse or is redeployed on the street, the upper mast and handlebars are cleaned with disinfectant. Spin employees are also being provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as single-use face masks, safety glasses and gloves for wear during every shift.
“Cities must react to the growing demand from their citizens for more individual transportation options and we applaud the work that cities across Europe are doing to rethink the use of streets as shared open spaces”
As a precautionary measure, riders are encouraged to wear gloves or clean their hands with soap or hand sanitiser before and after each ride and practice physical distancing by staying at least 1.5m of distance from other people.
“Cities must react to the growing demand from their citizens for more individual transportation options and we applaud the work that cities across Europe – Berlin, Paris, London, Milan and Brussels – are doing to rethink the use of streets as shared open spaces to give people adequate space to move,” added Felix Petersen, head of Spin Europe.
“Cologne has already taken measures to expand its bike lanes and impose a speed limit, making this a great environment for us to launch our first international market. We look forward to collaborating with Cologne and other cities in their new-found approach to use micro-mobility as a solution to help communities move around without crowding.”
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