The Gwinnett County city in the US will run an initial six-month pilot of the e-scooters which will also provide another form of transport to help recover from lockdown.
The City of Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, which is home to the Curiosity Lab smart city testbed, is launching what claims to be the first fleet of teleoperated e-scooters available for public use.
The scooters were created through a partnership with Go X and Tortoise (Go X created the scooter and ride hailing app, while Tortoise created the remote repositioning system).
It follows Peachtree Corners passing an ordinance, mandating that all shared micro-mobility devices deployed are capable of automated repositioning to increase the accessibility of shared e-scooters, while avoiding the sidewalk clutter challenges that have plagued other cities.
The partnership also provides an alternative form of transportation to public transit ride-sharing as regions begin to reopen from Covid-19 lockdowns.
Go X, which reports it has seen 86 per cent growth in usage week-over-week for the previous six weeks, has also created a sanitisation process that ensures scooters are cleaned prior to each rider.
Each vehicle is thoroughly disinfected upon being remotely repositioned to a home base, and every Go X Apollo employee is required to pass a daily Covid-19 health check. Each scooter also gets a sticker that shows that it was thoroughly disinfected, and that it is free of Covid-19 (see video).
The Curiosity Lab is a living laboratory that helps companies and start-ups such as Tortoise and Go X develop, test and prove emerging smart city or intelligent mobility technology in a real-world environment.
The Lab offers free 5G access, leading infrastructure, intellectual property protection and the world’s first environment to feature general liability insurance for both driven and driverless traffic. It includes a 1.5 mile autonomous vehicle test track that is helping to put Peachtree Corners on the map as one of the US’ up-and-coming smart cities.
Peachtree Corners’ focus is on being a premier innovation hub for smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, where companies from all across the nation can come to prove these their solutions using real-world smart city infrastructure.
Speaking to SmartCitiesWorld last year, Brandon Branham, assistant city manager and chief technology officer at Peachtree Corners, and whose role includes facilitating collaboration with the private sector, said the city operates much like a start-up company.
He explained: “Every day we learn something new and adapt our model based on what we have learned that day, which makes for very exciting, fast-moving work.”
You can find out more about Peachtree Corners and its smart city strategies in this on-demand webinar, hosted by SmartCitiesWorld.net.
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