Chinese scooter maker Segway-Ninebot Group unveiled a scooter Friday that can autonomously drive itself back to charging stations, Reuters reported.
The technology, which holds potential for the emerging scooter-sharing industry, has already attracted interest from ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft and could be rolled out early next year, according to the report.
Such semi-autonomous, AI-driven scooters could help operators slash the maintenance costs of their vehicles and potentially make scooter-sharing more profitable, Gao Lufeng, Ninebot’s chairman and chief executive, told Reuters in an interview.
Beijing-based Ninebot acquired American personal-transporter manufacturer Segway in 2015 and is now the world’s largest supplier of electric scooters. The company’s sales reportedly grew six-fold last year to 1.6 million units.
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