Shared electric scooters have taken the world by storm, thanks largely to the massive efforts of companies such as Lime and Bird. Such companies have flooded cities around the world with affordable, comfortable electric scooters that solve a critical transportation need.
A dirty secret in the industry, however, is that these scooters collapse at an alarming rate as they are constantly being withdrawn from service and replaced. Many scooters do not last three months on the road and some are even replaced monthly. This is not enough time to even balance their costs and raises the question of how sustainable such companies can be if their scooters do not last long enough to be profitable ̵
I met Superpedestrians CEO Assaf Biderman at the Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters to learn more about the company's mission and technological developments.
As Assaf explained, the problem of urban mobility is an urgent solution. US urban centers are expected to nearly triple their mobility needs by 2050. According to Assaf:
: "It's a big problem. Where will you put three times as many cars or people on the road in just three decades? And it's not about a company. It's not about Tesla, Bird or Superpedestrian. This problem will not disappear and must be solved. "
Assaf believes that the problem of triple urban mobility demand needs to be resolved if space can not be sufficiently developed to build the space of a (often large) car.
For years, experts have been focusing on the car pool concept to make more efficient use of road space. Although carpools like Uber have helped to a certain extent, income from pools is limited. Studies have shown that the top efficiency for collecting pools is just over 2 passengers per car. At this time, the number of passengers actually increases traffic jams due to the extra mileage and traffic generated by the collection. 
Cities now have no room for tripling the number of cars.
Although helpful, pooling can not be used as a single solution to the problem. Instead, Assaf believes that the answer lies in personal vehicles like electric bicycles and scooters that are close to the size of a human body. Such small vehicles can be used both for complete vehicle replacement on touring and to increase the efficiency of other transport solutions such as pooling options and mass transportation.
While e-bike and scooter-sharing companies like Bird and Lime are on the move In order to address this need, they have discovered that this solution is a separate problem. Now you need millions of single vehicles that cost hundreds of dollars and do not cost thousands of dollars. They can be managed centrally and do not require a large workforce to service them.
And since scooters and e-bikes have many temporary riders instead of a sole owner, they must be able to take care of themselves and take care of themselves to be scaled to a size that is actually on the transport problem effect.
As Assaf explains:
"You need to have some degree of intelligence to take care of the road, which is bigger than a normal car today. You have to survive things that cars do not need to survive. The price pressure is strong, however; They have to cost an order of magnitude less. This is something that the automotive industry does not know how to address. There is no existing technology platform to take on this particular challenge. And that's why Superpedestrian was born. To overcome the key technical challenges that will help make micro-mobility implementations massive, massive. "
So far, no scooter or e-bike used by the large, shared micro-mobility companies could verify all of this Boxing Or at least until now, as Superpedestrian claims to have built the perfect system.
Superpedestrians Next-Level E-Bikes and Scooters
While I was a few blocks from MIT at Superpedestrian headquarters, I had the chance to take one of the company's new industrial scooters for a test drive.
Having Just Ridden Over Any Electric Scooter On The Market (An Advantage Of The Job!) I Can Tell You This was the most enjoyable ride I've ever made with an electric scooter. I tried to play it cool and not seem baffled, but this scooter felt like nothing else before. And that comes from someone who has seen just about everything.
I was sure that the electric scooter from Superpedestrian had a double suspension as it glided over potholes, speed bumps, paving stones and paving stones. As it turns out, the scooter only has a front suspension, but the 12-inch wheels make the ride so smooth that you would never know. For comparison, these wheels are about 50% larger than almost any other electric scooter available on the market.
The angle of inclination of the front fork is also steeper, making it a giant step to carve on the road while remaining completely stable.
The scooter feels incredibly solid from the first moment on. I felt like I was driving a real vehicle instead of an electric toy. This feeling helps the driver to feel much safer and more controlled.
The scooter is also designed to be adaptable so it can work in almost any country and in any regulatory environment. All specifications are adjustable in real time – something I discovered when my scooter suddenly started in the middle of the ride. I returned and saw Assaf smiling on his keyboard. During my test drive, he granted me additional speed from a distance. Then, as fast as it was granted, the scooter takes Lord away. Suddenly, I got extra features like the cruise control. Everything by remote click.
As Assaf Explained:
"If you have a simple scooter as it is used today and local regulations change, you will have to withdraw your entire fleet. With our system, you can remotely change anything to comply with new laws. "
I asked Assaf about technical specifications, but he could not divulge too much proprietary information yet. Nevertheless, I can tell you that the direct drive motor chosen by Superpedestrian is definitely many times higher than other scooters.
With a background that even designs electric vehicles, I see that the company uses the engine well below its limit, which helps them achieve better efficiency than other scooters that work right on their design limits, or even on them over (which leads to the disposable nature of so many electric scooters for consumers).
In fact, Assaf explained how the company's approach to increasing efficiency led to the development of the perfect scooter for long-term fleet deployment:
"We have come to the point where we are The range of our scooter for the same amount of cargo has almost doubled compared to an average scooter. And keep in mind that almost half of the revenue of some scooter companies is spent on recharging. Remember what this means for the final result of a fleet operator. "
These efficiency gains are based on careful hardware selection and refined software integration that helps get the most out of every possible area for the same amount of stored energy. Superpedestrian writes its own software to operate every component of the scooter, rather than relying on standard solutions that are found in masses in Asia. The scooters work at a higher voltage than any other scooter I've ever seen, resulting in less waste of energy when the engine is running more efficiently.
Each component is developed and optimized in-house, performing extreme testing and validation at its Cambridge R & D center. Assaf showed me room by room for custom test equipment, from dynamometers for engine testing to stress testers, which perform long-term vehicle driving cycles when weighed by simulated passengers with a 95% percentile for male and female drivers.
They have salt mist machines for intensive corrosion tests and insulated test chambers for extreme weather tests. After seeing their extensive test center, I bet Superpedestrian performs better cold weather tests than Tesla did before the introduction of the Model 3.