Singapore Startup Planning E-scooter Rental Scheme
With personal mobility devices (PMDs) becoming more popular, a start-up company here is looking to launch a pilot programme offering short-term rentals of e-scooters.
Called Telepod, the scheme functions like a bicycle-sharing system, where users can rent e-scooters from docking stations.
The company has developed a prototype docking station that secures a folded-up e-scooter, which can be retrieved by scanning a QR code on the station with a mobile app.
Telepod, founded by five friends who met while studying at Nanyang Technological University, is one of 21 finalists in a Land Transport Authority (LTA) engineering competition for groups to come up with innovative transport solutions.
Telepod is looking to launch a pilot system of between 20 and 40 e-scooters by the end of this year at the Social Innovation Park in Punggol, an incubator for social enterprises, said its CEO Gan Jin Ni, 26.