Sustainable transport company Gogoro partnered with ridesharing platform Coup to launch a smart electric scooter sharing service in Berlin.
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Berlin’s latest ride sharing service uses Gogoro Smartscooters and the Coup app. Anyone over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license can drive the scooters, and booking and payment is completed online. Two hundred of the electric Smartscooters are available in four of the city’s neighborhoods – Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg.
With no need to return the vehicles to designated docking stations, scooters can be parked directly at each destination. The app helps users find the nearest scooter and unlocks it. If riders don’t have their own helmets, they can use the Coup helmet stored in the scooter’s seat. Smartscooters cost EU 3 for 30 minutes or EU 20 for the entire day.
Ride sharing is increasingly common as cities around the world work towards more sustainable transport networks. Italy has a carpooling app for scooter rides, and in cities on the east coast of the United States, a self-driving, 3D-printed bus can be summoned via an app. Could sustainable public transport be further improved using the ethos of living community challenge?