Because there aren’t enough electric scooters on the roads, Lyft is wanting into launching its have quick of electrical scooters in San Francisco, The Recordsdata experiences. Lyft would join the likes of Hotfoot, Bird and Lime — the three startups that deployed their scooters in San Francisco, without permission, abet in March.
Lyft has reportedly been in talks with San Francisco metropolis officers to debate applying for a enable, and has drafted some prototypes of scooter designs. A Lyft spokesperson declined to comment.
Earlier this month, the metropolis of San Francisco has laid out its necessities for firms in quest of to mark electric scooter permits. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority has yet to in actuality finalize the software program and terms, however a spokesperson informed me on Friday the enable capabilities wishes to be ready as early as this week. The metropolis will challenge permits for now no more than 5 firms all the map in which thru the 24-month pilot program. The program would grant as much as 500 scooters per firm.
Within the intervening time, Uber also has its eyes on electric scooters. In April, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi informed me the firm plans to “gape at any and all alternate recommendations” that can abet dash transportation alternate recommendations in systems which would possibly perchance perchance be metropolis-pleasurable. That same month, Uber obtained bike-fraction startup JUMP for about $200 million.
Because it stands pretty now, there are four firms that like announced electric scooter sharing. Factual final week, scooter startup Skip threw its hat in the ring with $6 million in funding.