Remote-Controlled Scooter-Bots

remote control scooter botsDavid Brown suggests One Way to Keep the Sidewalk Clear of those discarded  hire bikes: Remote-Controlled Scooter-Bots

A big problem with shared bike and shared scooter programs is that once a device has been used it can then be left on the footpath creating an eyesore or obstacle for pedestrians.

Some residents have dumped bikes in the river.

Now an American start-up company, Tortoise promises to bring semi-autonomous scooters and e-bikes to market.

They aim to either safely move a device autonomously at a low speed or get a human to remotely move the unit via a camera attached to the device (such as on a highly congested city road). They might then take them to a city-approved parking spot, a public transit hub, or even to the doorstep of users.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto