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Google Maps joins 21st Century
« on: August 20, 2021, 11:52:23 am »
https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/16/22627008/spin-electric-scooter-google-maps-integration

Spin’s electric scooters are coming to Google Maps

The Ford-owned company is the latest to integrate its electric two-wheelers in Google Maps

By Andrew J. Hawkins @andyjayhawk  Aug 16, 2021, 12:50pm EDT

Google Maps users will be able to find and rent Spin’s electric scooters after the Ford-owned company announced a new global integration on Tuesday.

Starting Sunday, anyone who uses Google Maps will be able to see the nearest available Spin e-bike or e-scooter in real time, including how long it will take to walk to the vehicle, as well as battery range and expected arrival time.

But to pay for the scooter, unlock it, and take their ride, users will be redirected to Spin’s app. Google Maps users will be able to see Spin’s availability in 84 cities, campuses, and towns in Europe and North America, the company said.

“Our goal is really to make it just as convenient or even more convenient to get around with alternative transit, bikes, buses, scooters, public transportation, as it is to get around with the car,” Spin CEO Ben Bear told The Verge. “And until you’re able to do that, you’re not going to really drive the mode shift that we’re all focused on in the micromobility industry.”


“OUR GOAL IS REALLY TO MAKE IT JUST AS CONVENIENT OR EVEN MORE CONVENIENT TO GET AROUND WITH ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT”
Spin’s scooters will appear on Google Maps when users select the bicycle option after looking up directions to a specific location. They will also appear under the public transportation tab, Bear said.

Spin is the latest e-scooter company to integrate its products into Google Maps. Users have been able to find and rent Lime’s scooters since late 2019. Depending on the city, the popular navigation app also includes available bike-share, public transportation schedules, and fare information for using Uber and Lyft vehicles.

Alphabet — which owns Google — is an investor in Lime, having contributed to a $170 million investment in the scooter company in May 2020. As part of that deal, Lime acquired Uber’s bike and scooter-sharing company, Jump.

 
The Google Maps integration will help level the playing field for Spin in terms of competition with its rivals, Bear said. “Whichever is the fastest, most convenient option is what’s going to surface first, right?” he said. “So it’s really done in a fair way.”

Spin, which was acquired by Ford for $100 million in 2018, has seen its own shake-ups. Earlier this summer, co-founder and CEO Derrick Ko stepped down to assume a strategic advisor role, while the company’s chief business officer, Ben Bear, became the new CEO. Spin announced plans to add electric bikes to its fleet of shared vehicles, while also expanding to multiple cities in the US and Europe.

Possibly spurring all this activity was a report that Ford was considering divesting itself from Spin, or perhaps merging the scooter sharing firm with a special purpose acquisition company, also known as a SPAC.

A spokesperson for Ford declined to comment on Bloomberg’s report regarding divestment, but since its publication, the automaker’s top executives have expressed confidence in Spin’s business.

“I’m excited about all we’ve accomplished under the leadership of Derrick, Zaizhuang, and Euwyn to advance micromobility solutions in our cities and as a capability for Ford,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a recent statement. “They’ve built a terrific business, and we look forward to continued progress under Ben, who is strongly positioned to grow Spin and give more people the freedom to move and pursue their dreams.”



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Re: Google Maps joins 21st Century
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2021, 11:56:00 am »
 we look forward to continued progress under Ben, who is strongly positioned to grow Spin and give more people the freedom to move and pursue their dreams.”


Pursue their dreams......on a fukin e-scooter?

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2021, 12:48:27 pm »
This should be fun..................................... ::fuck ::fuck ::fuck

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2021, 01:50:21 pm »
Reminds me of the Jimmy Rabbitte Sn line....."god sent him......on a fukin Suzuki!!"

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2021, 05:17:38 pm »
Will Ireland join the 21st century and legalise the scooters?

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2021, 05:35:30 pm »
Will Ireland join the 21st century and legalise the scooters?


There's plenty of places where they are illegal unless you have a licence,insurance helmet etc.

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2021, 05:41:34 pm »
They're dangerous....effectively a mechanically propelled pedestrian.

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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2021, 06:19:55 pm »
If I didn't drive for reward sometimes I'd love them.

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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2021, 06:32:22 pm »
They're dangerous....effectively a mechanically propelled pedestrian.

Driven by punters that a lot of them have no idea how to control a mechanically/motor driven machine and haven't an iota of an idea about the rules of the road.

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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2021, 09:15:28 pm »
Scooters are the future .....legislation hasn't caut up wit ....sorry to break it to ya but I can see a time wen 1 ape in a taxi will be illegal unless its a cripple , a tardy or frankie drivin a dedder to
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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2021, 10:09:19 pm »
They should be banned.

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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2021, 12:10:39 pm »
Hard to conclude they're particularly dangerous without any data. I doubt they're as dangerous as motorcars and they're definitely less dangerous than motorcycles - which are responsible for 11.5% of road deaths yet only account for 1.4% of vehicles on the road. If a trial of eScooters exceeded those (adjusted) ratios one could conclude they are excessively dangerous, I guess. It might make sense to restrict use of eScooters and motorcycles to dedicated lanes and reduce the speed limit on all roads facilitating such lanes to 30 kilos/hour.

On the other hand, folk have to be allowed take risks within reason in a free society. Obviously, if Govt went for a zero risk policy we'd all be confined to our beds and fed by tubes or something. The - seemingly very high - risk attached to operating a motorcycle could be the eventual benchmark, I guess.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2021, 12:29:30 pm »
Hard to conclude they're particularly dangerous without any data. I doubt they're as dangerous as motorcars and they're definitely less dangerous than motorcycles - which are responsible for 11.5% of road deaths yet only account for 1.4% of vehicles on the road. If a trial of eScooters exceeded those (adjusted) ratios one could conclude they are excessively dangerous, I guess. It might make sense to restrict use of eScooters and motorcycles to dedicated lanes and reduce the speed limit on all roads facilitating such lanes to 30 kilos/hour.

On the other hand, folk have to be allowed take risks within reason in a free society. Obviously, if Govt went for a zero risk policy we'd all be confined to our beds and fed by tubes or something. The - seemingly very high - risk attached to operating a motorcycle could be the eventual benchmark, I guess.

I think most motor bike drivers had/have the kop to learn how to go on one before hitting the open road where the scooter driver will automatically think he/she can do it  on the Malahide Rd straight from being a pedestrian,that's the difference.

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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2021, 12:44:00 pm »
A trial - I believe there's one being conducted in DCU - ought to establish whether any instruction/licensing may help keep the death rate within acceptable limits and, obviously, that could be kept under review as time progresses and more data becomes available. Speed is undoubtedly a factor in our huge motorcycle death rate. It's unlikely that eScooters would reach the same limits in that regard. Given the data we have it's impossible to argue that our current motorcycle licensing system is working. I guess there's many factors at play there. Enforcement or, more accurately, lack thereof being an important one. I wonder how many of the kids on scrambler type bikes that I frequently encounter around the north Dublin suburbs are appropriately trained, licensed and insured, for example.

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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2021, 12:58:03 pm »
Like everything they'll legalise the slow scooters and people will buy the high powered scooters on the net.There's one bloke that passes through my area on the really quick leccy scooters and I nearly wiped him out in the car.The thing was doing at least 50km but it's silent so I misjudged his speed....actually I didn't even see him before it was too late.I believe they can go much quicker.

I find myself looking twice now to cross the street.Even the slow scooters aren't that slow if you get a bang of one.Kids seem to like using them on the footpaths because the parents won't allow them on the road.

 


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