Citizens will be able to use the scooter through an application and the vehicle will automatically return to its base when the route is completed. THE Go X created the scooter and the ride-hailing application, while Tortoise developed the remote repositioning system.
During the first tests, which will last six months, the scooters will use a geo-enclosure to ensure that they remain within the designated technology park of the Curiosity Lab area of 500 acres. The park employs 7.500 people and has more than 1.000 lives.
The 100 scooters will be operated remotely by humans, but current tests could pave the way for full autonomy.
Betsy Plattenburg, Executive Director Curiosity Lab, told Cities Today:
“What we learned in Curiosity Lab is that there are many micromobility solutions that can be autonomous, but what they need now is experience and data for artificial intelligence. One way to overcome this problem in the short term is to use telecommuting temporarily. ”
The trials were originally scheduled for January, but were delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
OR Go X has now implemented security measures for COVID-19. Each vehicle is disinfected when it returns on its own and a sticker proves that it is safe and disinfected for the next person who wants to use it. Each of its employees Go X Apollo is also required to undergo a daily health check for COVID-19.
"What I can tell you from other companies that have tried it Curiosity Lab is that much of what they learn is not what they began to learn. You learn from experience. ”
This article was originally published by Sarah Wray in Cities Today, a news platform for urban mobility and innovation.