Škoda DigiLab launches eScooter sharing in Prague
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab launches an eScooter sharing service, BeRider, in Prague. BeRider is now beginning its pilot phase.
The BeRider scooters’ electric drive system is powered by two lithium-ion batteries. Fitted with LED headlights as well as front and rear brake discs, BeRider enables users to make headway safely and efficiently in urban traffic. Being lightweight, the electric scooter is handy and easy to manoeuvre. Its large wheels and sturdy suspension guarantee a safe and comfortable ride. As is typical for an electric vehicle, it boasts powerful acceleration and can reach a top speed of 66 km/h. With a range of up to 70 km, the zero-emission electric scooters are ideal for short to mid-range distances.
Andre Wehner, Chief Digital Officer at ŠKODA AUTO, said, “By launching BeRider and being a flexible and eco-friendly company, we are adding to the range of options available for getting around large city centres. Finding solutions for environmentally responsible micromobility for use in city traffic is one of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab’s strategic key tasks. Our think tank is thereby contributing to ŠKODA AUTO’s transformation into a ‘Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions’ as part of the ŠKODA AUTO 2025 Strategy.”
Jarmila Plachá, Head of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, added, “Our BeRider service excellently complements the range of inner-city mobility options available in Prague. Whether for travelling to work or a sightseeing tour, BeRider electric scooters are practical, eco-friendly and user-friendly. At the same time, we are incorporating our digital expertise: every BeRider scooter is equipped with sensors that transfer data in real time. Due to this level of transparency, we are able to improve our customers’ experience when they use the scooters.”
The BeRider’s screen displays fundamental information such as the speed and range. A phone holder on the handlebars makes it easier to navigate using a mobile. This and other electronic devices can be charged on the go via the built-in USB port. Passengers can conveniently secure lightweight luggage using the bag holders. The lockable top case contains two helmets for riding with a partner.
In coordination with the relevant district councils, a large portion of Prague has been specified as the area of operation for BeRider. In this area, users can park the scooters in any legal parking space they like. Parking location, battery level and other data are all transferred to the control room in real time. Thus, incorrectly parked scooters or those with low batteries can be located and any irregularities can be quickly remedied.
The Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, welcomed the new service to the capital, stating, “We see sharing services that provide zero-emission mobility and respect Prague’s local characteristics as a very positive addition to our city. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is offering a well-thought-out solution that I hope gets off to a successful start.”
In order to use the BeRider electric scooters, users must install the BeRider app (available for iOS and Android) onto their smartphones and sign up to the service. Following successful registration, they can then see available eScooters in the app and reserve as well as lock or unlock them without keys. Once their journey is finished, they simply place the associated helmets back in the top case. Their session ends after a brief confirmation via the app. Payment is then made via credit card and is charged based on how long the scooter has been used for (CZK 5.00 per minute). A category B driving licence is required to ride the electric scooters.