Scooters are becoming the ultimate form of quick/cheap transportation in big cities and small throughout the US for commuters and tourists alike. Some people love them, some people hate them! It’s no surprise that big companies are looking at this trend as a money maker.
For years we’ve all known Segway as the brand who claimed they would change the world, but instead launched overly dorky “self balancing transporters” that few purchased. While they weren’t the biggest success, it’s not uncommon to see Segways pop up from time to time. Mostly in movies, at tourist traps and the occasional over-funded Police Station. One thing we can all agree on… Segways have always been too expensive and totally uncool.
In the past couple years, Segway-Ninebot launched a series of scooters dubbed the KickScooter that are more affordable and actually look nice. Ranging in price from $550 to $800 the KickScooter lineup has a lot of good things going for it, including having a range of 15.5 miles and 12.4 MPH on the low end and up to 40 miles and 15.5 MPH on the high side.
Just last week, Segway-Ninebot announced the new KickScooter T60. Scheduled to launch in 2020 for less than $1,500, the T60 is smarter than the average scooter and was designed to “replace bicycles as the prime solution for micro-mobility.” Using AI technology, the T60 scooter can avoid obstacles and even return itself to charging stations without a driver. Segway-Ninebot are banking on tech / ride sharing giants like Uber and Lyft joing to join scooter fad and become a customer. This all sounds great if you live in a warm climate, but if you’re from the Northeast or Midwest, you better get some snow tires on these things!
In the embedded video below you can watch the T60 do its thing.
I can’t help but think this is just another fad, but this 3-wheeled scooter does look pretty great. Hey Segway, we review things here… give us a call.