Scoo Mobility Expanding Technology with Support from ESA BIC Bavaria

In creating the world's first fleet of keyless scooters, the Munich start-up scoo mobility GmbH is bridging the mobility gap between car- and bike-sharing and public transportation. Thanks to the company's free-floating service concept, its Vespas and electric scooters are not bound to fixed stations; they can be hired and returned anywhere in a given city, with reservations being handled by the easy-to-use app. Satellite navigation signals like GPS help users find the scooter closest to their current location. To aid the advancement of its digital technology, scoo mobility has just begun receiving technical and financial support from the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria.

Locate, ride, return
In the app (currently available for iOS and Android devices), the digital specialists at scoo mobility offer their users a reservation and onboarding system based entirely on digital technologies. To get rolling, those interested need only a smartphone and valid driving licence of their own. The app verifies each person's identity and licence wherever they happen to be. It also serves as a digital key users need to start a scooter: After the PIN issued with a reservation is entered, the helmet compartment opens and the scooter is activated for use. Since they are always online, the scooters in scoo mobility's fleet are able to communicate constantly with the company's geolocation and administration system.

"We want to take the next step with our innovations in smart digital mobility in order to achieve the highest possible vehicle availability and utilisation. In doing so, we're focusing mainly on analysing our users' mobility requirements based on localisation and weather data, as well as on the locations where people hire and return our scooters," reports Magnus Schmidt, CEO of scoo mobility GmbH. "We're also looking to integrate our scooters more with the infrastructure around them. Here, we've found the ideal partner in ESA BIC Bavaria, which is aiding and accelerating our developments with its expertise and network of partners."

About the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria
Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) has been operating ESA BIC Bavaria - which now includes the locations Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nuremberg, and Berchtesgadener Land - on behalf of the European Space Agency since August 2009. The centre's incubation programme is designed to promote the commercial use of aerospace infrastructures and technologies. In addition to financial support, start-ups receive technical assistance from renowned partners and access to tailored coaching services and networking activities. Selection rounds are held four times each year, but applications are welcome anytime.

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