German mobility company Unu has launched a new version of its stylish electric scooter that paves the way for ‘micro-sharing’. Rose Dykins reports
The latest wave of smart electric mopeds are a step up in usability for city dwellers – and the new second-generation model from Unu has integrated several game-changing new features.
German urban mobility startup Unu has updated its original Unu Classic Scooter by adding new smart technologies including integrated screens for navigation, digital key sharing and anti-theft protection.
The new integrated screen means scooter drivers can put away their smartphone while they’re on the move. They simply set their final destination via Unu’s free app, and follow the route along the map displayed on the screen.
“This paves the way for micro-sharing for the first time,” says Unu co-founder and chief experience officer, Elias Atahi. “We’re introducing a new scooter usage model for urban mobility. However, networking in a small group is only the beginning.”
Meanwhile, the new anti-theft protection function lets users check the location and charging status of their scooter from afar. If the scooter has been moved without them, the anti-theft technology alerts the user via the app.
Its two 1.7 kw/ph batteries boost the vehicle’s range to 100km – the equivalent of six days’ driving – and there is now a larger storage compartment under the seat, which now has space for two passengers.
Unu’s vision is to empower people to enjoy city living to the max, by creating mobility solutions that are “affordable, fast, effortless, clean and appealing”.
A recent study from energy comparison site USwitch assessed the “e-scootability” of the UK’s 40 most populous cities. Taking into account factors such as air quality, pothole complaints, bike thefts and planned cycle lanes, each city was scored out of 70.
Newcastle came out on top, scoring 50 points, followed by Westminster (49 points) and Carlisle (47 points).
London (in its entirety) ranked 20th place (35.5 points) while Stoke was named the least e-scootable city (20.3 points). Check out The E-scootability Index from USwitch in full here.
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