Micromobility explores the disruption to urban transport that comes from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack how e-bikes, scooters and more will change how people get around cities.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce and Horace Dediu.

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5: Scooters and transport ecologies

September 25, 2018 at 2:00AM • 58 minutes • Wiki Entry

In today’s show we cover the rise of scooter sharing and how different localised constraints result in different micromobility solutions blooming. Specifically:

- The scooter sharing model that Bird pioneered, why it emerged in Santa Monica and why it might not apply to other contexts.
- The history from the Segway to the hoverboard, Boosted Board and on to the current scooter form factor.
- The local variables that need to be considered for micromobility fleet operators.
- The parallels of the rise of micromobility with early cellular, and the Galapagos scenario of ecosystem development.

Note - aware that the last 9 minutes of audio from this episode were mistakenly added (as a hidden gem!) to the end of last week’s podcast. Not everyone caught it, and contextually makes far more sense here! Apologies for any confusion.

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