A Smarter Way to Scoot Through the City

Development of foldable electric scooter that is shared continues to move forward.

Published: 19-May-2008

If you ride a bike to work this week, chances are that somebody will give you, if not a free lunch, then at least a free breakfast. The meals are one of the activities organized during Bay State Bike Week.

If not even a muffin and a cup of coffee will convince you to start pedaling there might be a less strenuous, but still eco-friendly, two-wheeled alternative in the not-too-distant future: a foldable, electric scooter. Or rather, thousands of scooters, available for use just when you need them.

That, at least, is the vision of Smart Cities, a business concept from a group of students and researchers at MIT’s Media Lab. The electric foldable scooters are more than just an idea, group member Ryan Chin told me.
“We have a collaboration with a Taiwanese manufacturer, SYM, and they are ready to produce them. We also showed a prototype scooter at the Motor Show in Milan last year.”

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