The Convergence of Robotics and Mobility Devices is Already in Motion

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Sep 17 2018

The scooter revolution is here and it’s completely transforming the transportation ecosystem. Commuters in cities across America have gamely taken to scooter-sharing services, and the future will likely see even more of these short distance mobility devices zipping through communities around the world. We predict that it won’t be long before scooters and self-balancing vehicles (SBVs) converge with advanced robotics in innovative and previously unimaginable ways – in fact, it’s already happening.

 

The Success of Scooters

Electric scooters succeed where ride-sharing services fail, as they don’t add to traffic congestion or release tailpipe emissions the way traditional combustion engine vehicles do. Scooter-sharing is fast, easy, and solves transportation's dreaded “last mile” problem, referring to the difficulty commuters face in making it from a public transportation station or hub to their doorstep. Many scooter-sharing companies rely on KickScooters Powered by Segway to give commuters an affordable and environmentally-conscious means of micro-mobility in order to reach their final destinations. Segway sees these and other SBVs becoming more common and deeper entrenched in our society, as people increasingly incorporate them into their commutes. SBVs aren’t the only technologies currently reshaping the transportation space, though. Autonomous vehicles are coming onto the scene and causing seismic shifts unlike anything the world has experienced since the dawn of the automotive industry.

 

Advanced Driverless Technology

Intelligent driving technologies have already started appearing in vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, collision avoidance, and lane departure systems, all engineered to improve safety and the driving/riding experience. While completely autonomous driving functions are still not quite ready for prime time, smart systems are helping to get people comfortable with handing off driving functions to intelligent robotics. The transition from human operated to self-driving vehicles might be slow, but it’s in progress and will only accelerate as autonomous technology becomes more reliable and refined.

 

The Convergence of SBVs and Robotics

Cars and trucks aren’t the only vehicles that will leverage autonomous technology. In September 2018, Segway Robotics’ Loomo hits the consumer market and it’s set to be a game changer in short distance mobility devices. Loomo is a smart machine that toggles between a mini personal transporter and mobile robot sidekick. In Loomo, we see the convergence of an SBV and cutting-edge artificial intelligence that combines to provide easy, electric powered travel across multiple terrains. The personalized transportation device is the next step in the evolution of mobility, and a touchstone in the convergence of SBVs and robotics.

 

As the convergence continues we can imagine that one day commuters across the world will have access to driverless transportation pods that take them where they need to go – and that day may be sooner than we think.

 

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The scooter revolution is here and it’s completely transforming the transportation ecosystem. Commuters in cities across America have gamely taken to scooter-sharing services, and the future will likely see even more of these short distance mobility devices zipping through communities around the world. We predict that it won’t be long before scooters and self-balancing vehicles (SBVs) converge with advanced robotics in innovative and previously unimaginable ways – in fact, it’s already happening." data-share-imageurl="">