Uber and Lyft have formally put their respective names into the electrical scooter competitors. Uber and Lyft are among the many eleven firms that utilized to function an electrical scooter sharing service inside San Francisco metropolis limits. The metropolis, nonetheless, will solely supply as much as 5 firms permits to function as a part of a one-year take a look at program.
Uber declined to remark however confirmed that it has utilized for a allow by way of JUMP, the bike-share startup Uber acquired for about $200 million in April. Once Uber is cleared to function electrical scooters, the plan is to combine them into the Uber app and proceed fleshing out Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s vision for a full-fledged multi-modal transportation platform.
Lyft additionally confirmed to TechCrunch that the corporate utilized for a allow, however declined to share any additional particulars. Here’s the complete record of firms that utilized, via the SF Chronicle:
- JUMP by way of Uber
- Razor (sure, *that* Razor)
San Francisco’s allow course of got here on account of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying their electrical scooters with out permission within the metropolis in March. As a part of a brand new metropolis legislation, which went into impact June 4, scooter firms usually are not capable of function their companies in San Francisco with out a allow. The SFMTA mentioned it’s aiming to inform firms of their allow standing by the tip of June.
For extra details about electrical scooter regulation in San Francisco, remember to try my earlier protection.