But it's a terrible idea for so many reasons I don't know where to begin.
As I do, keep in mind I'm not dismissing the technical possibility. I'm dismissing the idea that there is a business model at the end of this rainbow.
But will require some kind of complex precision-manufactured gyroscopic stabilization system.
That will require weight, cost, and complexity. A *lot* of complexity.
That doesn't even get into the autonomy platform...
GPS, but that's easy.
More critically they'll need machine vision sensors giving at least a 180 degree view of the world, and more likely a 360 degree view. So we're talking a lidar and a couple cameras, maybe several cameras, who knows!
You're still not done.
There is no steer-by-wire technology for bikes and scooters because ... why would there be?
That is a whole 'nother engineering program just for that.
Plus more weight, more cost, more complexity.
But I'll bet it's more than an order of magnitude beyond what makes sense for a dockless bike/scooter service.
The real world? Have you *seen* the real world?
Let's imagine the day in the life of an autonomous scooter ...
If you've fallen over, I guess you're done for. Unless they invent some kind of spider arms.
The operation domain is far more difficult than that for a self-driving taxi, which Uber has not proven adept at creating.
Hey, why don't people respond with your own reasons this is a bullshit idea!