E-SCOOTER RENTAL SERVICES TO BE LAUNCHED IN SEPTEMBER

Dear A.S.S. Editor

After the introduction of the rental bike services in Singapore, and how users abuse the rental bikes system, another rental scheme has been launched. This time, it's the e-scooter sharing platform. The new e scooter sharing platform will soon be available to people downtown and in the heartland.

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Singapore-based company PopScoot, started in April this year, will bring the service to downtown commercial clusters and the heartland in September. The e-scooters will cost $2 for 30 minutes, with the first 10 minutes free of charge. By the end of August, four sites will start off first as docking stations. The four sites are at ManuLife Centre, Republic Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza and City Square Mall.

PopScoot will run on a bluetooth app-based unlocking system, releasing the e-scooters from their docks via mobile phones. The in-app GPS also lets users locate available scooters, and tracks their travelling routes. The e-scooters can be deployed without a dock, supported by a remote immobilisation capability, or in a self-charging docked system, depending on the location.

Now we just have to wait for the first photos of the e-scooter being vandalised to make its rounds online.

Eric Oh

A.S.S. Contributor

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