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Sit-down scooter ride-share rolls out in Austin

OjO and partner Austin Commuter Scooter will share data on scooter usage and ride trends via on-board telemetry

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OjO Electric launches the scooter ride-share in Austin
OjO Electric launches the scooter ride-share in Austin

Electric light vehicle company, OjO Electric, is providing a sit-down or stand up bike-share programme in partnership with Austin Commuter Scooter (ACS).

 

Built for the bike lane and streets, off sidewalks and away from pedestrians, the OjO scooter has a swappable 48-volt lithium ion battery that allows it to go 50 miles on a full charge. In addition, the patented HyperGear hub motor propels the OjO scooter to bike-lane-legal top speeds of 20mph.

 

In Austin, the OjO scooter will debut with a top speed of 20 mph to comply with City of Austin Transportation Department regulations. OjO has the ability to control speeds and geo-fence locations with CalAmp telematics and its newly developed application technology.

 

Data-sharing on usage

 

OjO and ACS will share data on scooter usage and ride trends, which is possible with the scooter’s on-board telemetry with live-feed data transmission to share vehicle performance and information. This will help optimise the performance as well as address any potential maintenance issues.

 

This functionality is in line with OjO’s mandate to ensure maximum rider safety and superior user experience. Additionally, OjO includes audible feedback through on-board speakers. This includes navigation, traffic alerts, construction zones, geo-fence approaches, speed reduction zone alerts and nearby docking location alerts. Users will also be able to connect via Bluetooth and play stored or streaming music through the on-board speakers.

“Built for the bike lane and streets, off sidewalks and away from pedestrians, the OjO scooter has a swappable 48-volt lithium ion battery that allows it to go 50 miles on a full charge”

"We are excited to help bring OjO’s innovative scooter to market and provide a scooter that current riders and the rest of us can ride comfortably," said Elliott McFadden, executive director of Bike Share of Austin, the parent company of Austin Commuter Scooter (ACS), which also operates the Austin B-cycle system.

 

ACS will provide operational support to OjO in Austin and oversee OjO scooter deployment, balancing, service, repair and 24/7 customer service telephone support line. ACS will work with OjO to determine optimal neighbourhood deployments, plus conduct local market research to aid in further product development by OjO.

 

"ACS’ understanding of the local Austin market and expertise in hands-on deployments makes this unique partnership the ideal launching pad for OjO’s entry into scooter ride-share in the country’s 11th largest city," said Max Smith.

 

He added: "Launching this electric ride-share scooter programme in Austin continues our mission to provide sustainable mobility solutions that service the public’s transportation needs while reducing carbon emissions and congestion in and around Austin.”

 

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