Segway Robotics has introduced its latest product, the KickScooter T60, recently. It is a semi-automatic remote dispatcher shared scooter.
The KickScooter T60 has 3 wheels (2 front, 1 back) and a large battery that can last more than 60 km. However, if you wish to buy it, it may not be possible.
Currently, Segway is targeting shared scooter companies to adopt this new design. What is special about it is that it can be operated remotely to “re-balance” the fleet based on demand/supply and to bring it back to the dock for recharging via Cloud-based system and AI (Artificial Intelligence).
Here are the specs for the KickScooter T60.
- Suspension: inverted three-wheel linkage suspension
- Brake: three sets of independent braking systems (electric energy regenerative braking, drum brakes, parking brakes)
- Processor: 1.8GHz six-core processor
- Protection Level: IPx5; IPx7 for key components
- Replaceable battery: smart lithium battery that is remote lockable
- Maximum load: 120kg
- Maximum speed: 32km/h, can be adjusted according to the country or region’s regulations
- Battery life: 60-70km
You can check out the video at their website.
Uber and Lyft might be the first to test it out. It is slated to be commercialized in 2020. Road testing will start next month.
Singapore is embracing a society where PMDs/PEVs can co-exist with commuters and at the same time, able to manage in a way unlike the current bike-sharing situation where you can see these bikes littered around.
I think Segway should consider partnering with Singapore companies and our Government to try out this new concept. The only “setback” about this concept is the cost. At over USD1,400 per e-scooter, the KickScooter T60 is not cheap to be used as a rental e-scooter. Nevertheless, if the maintenance cost is low and usage is high, it might stand a chance.