Whistle and an e-scooter will come at Peachtree Corners

Call a scooter, ride it and then watch it drive away to a parking space
GIS/ Mapping & Location Based Systems / May 20, 2020
By Adam Hill
Peachtree Corners e-scooter hailing
Call, step on, step off, forget about it: Peachtree Corners' new e-scooter hailing pilot

A US city has launched what it says is the world's first self-driving e-scooter hailing app available to the public.

The colourfully-named Peachtree Corners in Georgia is trialling a hire scheme which will see residents hail the scooter from their phone - the scooter will then drive to where they are, and return itself to a safe parking space when the trip is finished.

The city's autonomous mobility research hub, Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, has worked with scooter provider Go X and tech firm Tortoise on the project.

The organisers believe that the offer could tap into worries about the use of public transport as Covid-19 lockdowns are eased.

Go X, whose Apollo self-driving scooters are used, has reported 86% week-on-week growth for the last six weeks. 
 
The e-scooters are repositioned by Tortoise’s remote teleoperators - which should reduce the sidewalk clutter which has irritated residents in other places visited by dockless micromobility schemes.
 
Go X says each scooter is "thoroughly disinfected" and gets a sticker to show it is cleaned and safe from Covid-19 infection.

CEO Alexander Debelov says it provides "the most virus-free ride out there".
 
"Curiosity Lab empowers innovators like Tortoise and Go X to collaborate and discover other partners to test, prove and deploy novel technologies in a real-world environment,” explains Brian Johnson, city manager of Peachtree Corners.

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