BeRider: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab launches eScooter sharing in Prague

BeRider: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab launches eScooter sharing in Prague

› BeRider commences pilot phase

› Electric scooters with a range of up to 70 km in city traffic

› ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab enables sustainable mobility in the Czech capital

Mladá Boleslav / Prague, 3 September 2019 – Simply Clever and electric: 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. General information and instructions can be found on the official

BeRider website www.be-rider.com.

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