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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

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Spin e-scooters ready to ride, or to be recalled remotely.

Ford-owned Spin is bringing remotely operated e-scooters to cities this year.

Credit: Spin

Ford Motor's Spin division announced a new service allowing electronic scooter (e-scooter) operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.

The automaker worked with transporter developer Segway, which provided the e-scooters, and autonomous technology startup Tortoise, which provided the software.

Computer vision and 4G connectivity capabilities will allow Tortoise teleoperators to repark scooters in higher-trafficked areas right after a trip ends.

The initiative will launch a test in Boise, ID, where up to 250 three-wheeled e-scooters with machine learning capabilities will roam riderless in the spring.

Spin's Ben Bear said, "This partnership marks a turning point ... to bring [remote-controlled e-scooters] to city streets."

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