Ofo, the company known for its yellow bicycles, debuted its proprietary e-scooter in a blog post late last week and is looking to make its entrance into the San Francisco market.
Uber applied for the permit through Jump, an electric-bike sharing provider it acquired in April.Uber's CEO recently said he envisions his company going beyond auto sharing and into bikes, and possibly scooters, so people have more commuting options.
In San Francisco. Uber and Lyft will be competing for permits against electric-scooter providers Bird, Lime and Spin.
Uber and Lyft are among the companies vying for electric scooter permits in San Francisco as the ride-sharing companies seek to move beyond their roots in autos.
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However, there are other companies that have announced interest to provide scooter-sharing service in San Francisco.
Www.cnet.com report on Friday that San Francisco officials passed a law in April limiting the number of scooters in the city.
"As part of their permit application, companies must demonstrate how they will minimize their impact on San Francisco's sidewalks, while maximizing their transparency to the public", the SFMTA explained in how it'll choose which applicants will receive the permits. In the first six months there will 1,250 scooters on the streets and, if deemed successful, the number could be doubled for the rest of the year. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hopes to grant permits by the end of the month. The companies also need to share trip data with the city and offer a plan for low-income riders.
Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the Jump acquisition will help Uber go beyond "just being about auto sharing and vehicle hailing to really helping the consumer get from A to B in the most affordable, most dependable, most convenient way". Ofo's protracted application for a permit to run the city's first bike share scheme was rejected by authorities, meaning the USA scooter craze could be the bike company's chance to have a visible (bright yellow?) presence in the tech center.