Over the past year dockless electric scooters have taken over urban cities in America by storm. The ease of use to just walk up to a dockless electric scooter and unlock it using their app makes transit inexpensive and feasible. Uber has now joined the dockless electric scooter craze with their JUMP brand.
A new survey, “The Micromobility Revolution: The Introduction and Adoption of Electric Scooters in the United States,” found 70% of respondents similar to Uber‘s new services. Furthermore, the adoption rate is higher than other car share options. The survey also found a higher rate of adoption among lower-income groups.
Electric Scooter services require fewer infrastructure investments and offer a more affordable way to expand transit access. The transit startups in this space have pitched their vehicles as means for cities to create more equitable transit systems.
Uber Launches JUMP Dockless Electric Scooters in Santa Monica
Last year Uber purchased JUMP, a bike-sharing program that utilizes electric bikes. Uber recently launched its new electric scooters in the city of Santa Monica as part of the city’s “Shared Mobility Pilot Program.” The new 16-month program intends to expand on Santa Monica’s goal of being a sustainable city.