Scooters Could Meet You at Your Door, Charged and Ready

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If you’re a frequent user of electric scooters, then you’ve probably envisioned the idea of being able to summon one of the mobile devices and have it pull right up to your doorstep. A California-based startup is testing new technology that would enable you to be able to do just that, as detailed in a Government Technology story.

  • A tech startup called Tortoise is launching a new technology that will enable electric scooters to be repositioned remotely.
  • The Tortoise technology includes a camera that sends the device data to a remote operator who is able to control the e-scooter.
  • Tortoise will begin testing the new technology with the deployment of 1,000 scooters on an autonomous testing site in Georgia.

Tortoise is revving up to revolutionize the electric-scooter mobility experience. (Photo: Bird)

Tortoise, a California-based startup, is working on technology that could change the way e-scooters and riders connect in the rapidly evolving world of mobility.

Tortoise’s plan involves up-fitting the devices with unique autonomous camera technology that sends video data to a remote operator who can control the devices at a speed of up to 5 mph.

The tech company, based in San Francisco, is hoping that it will be able to entice a company like Bird or Lime as a partner, to reposition their scooters as needed, for a fee calculated by the mile. Tortoise is set to start testing the technology at the Curiosity Lab, a new site in Peachtree Corners, Ga. centered on testing autonomous technology.

The Tortoise pilot project will include deploying more than 100 of the mobile devices, dubbed as “ghost” scooters, on Curiosity Lab’s 5,000-acre site, where 7,500 people work and another 1,000 live.


The Tortoise technology could help spur the wider adaptation of electric-scooters, given how the tech helps to address some of the concerns local municipalities have had about the sporadic displacement of the devices. It could also help drive the standardization of the technology across the entire electric scooter industry.

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