Uber has unveiled a brand new mannequin of its JUMP electrical scooters, that includes an even bigger body and hand brakes. Uber plans to deploy these scooters within the U.S. on June 24 and in Europe later this summer season.
Uber first deployed electrical scooters final October in Santa Monica, Calif. At launch, JUMP relied on Xiaomi Ninebot scooters, however that’s not the case with model two. As an alternative, JUMP partnered with a distinct firm to construct these scooters.
“Uber is innovating new mobility hardware to make it safer and simpler for individuals to decide on bikes and scooters over automobiles,” Uber Head of New Mobility Rachel Holt mentioned in a press release. “The extra our know-how can broaden entry to bikes and scooters, the greener and fewer congested cities will probably be.”
Whereas Uber doesn’t particularly escape new mobility development, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi mentioned on an investor convention name for Q1 2019 that gross bookings for brand new mobility “grew sturdy quarter over quarter.”
Uber’s different bets, which incorporates freight and new mobility, noticed gross bookings of $132 million for Q1 2019. That represented 230% development from the identical quarter final 12 months, whereas ridesharing grew simply 22%.
Holt additionally debuted a brand new swappable battery for JUMP’s dockless electrical bikes. JUMP added swappable batteries to its bikes late final 12 months, however now riders will have the ability to exchange them.
Designed by Uber Director of Engineering for Vitality Storage Techniques Celina Mikolajczak and her group, the swappable batteries are a lot safer than those which have been within the scooters and bikes we’ve seen, she advised TechCrunch.
“It’s a rising trade,” Mikolajczak advised TechCrunch. “And the rules, the requirements haven’t caught up. The place in an automotive house, you’d have propagation resistance in your battery pack in-built and designed in, these necessities have actually not moved into the bike and scooter space. However one of many issues that we’re doing, because the battery group is, we’re bringing these necessities into that space, in order that after we come out with our new swappable battery, it’s going to be at a brand new degree of security and a a lot increased degree of security than something that’s been within the scooter and bike fleet until now, which is thrilling. And, you understand, one of many issues that we are able to carry that’s distinctive and completely different in comparison with you understand, what’s on the market.”
Earlier than, whereas JUMP was capable of swap out the batteries again on the warehouse, Mikolajczak mentioned they weren’t really swappable.
“The present batteries which might be on the scooters and bikes are actually not designed to be swappable,” she mentioned. “With the JUMP bike, you may swap the battery nevertheless it’s one thing the operator has to do. There’s some fussy connections in there. What we’re doing for the brand new battery packs is to make them user-swappable in order that anybody can swap this battery pack actually rapidly and simply. That’s one thing that simply hasn’t been accomplished.”
This might imply kiosks across the metropolis the place you swap the battery out for a brand new one after which bike farther. Or, you park the bike close to a battery kiosk after which the subsequent particular person swaps in a brand new battery earlier than they journey off.
“In order that turns into much more self-serve,” she mentioned. “In the event that they’re consumer swappable, they swap rather a lot sooner than if you happen to ship individuals out to do it. We’re exploring a couple of completely different choices on that.”