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Stockholm-based Voi unveils 4th generation e-scooter and extends trials across the UK

Swedish startup Voi gets ready to put its first fleet of e-scooters on UK streets after being selected to run an exclusive 12-month e-scooter trial across Northampton and Kettering by Northamptonshire County Council, its second exclusive contract after securing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough last m

Swedish startup Voi gets ready to put its first fleet of e-scooters on UK streets after being selected to run an exclusive 12-month e-scooter trial across Northampton and Kettering by Northamptonshire County Council, its second exclusive contract after securing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough last month. The startup also unveils its 4th generation scooter, featuring indicators, proprietary IoT hardware, GPS tech, AI technology, and an environmental sensor that can track noise levels.

As we recently reported, riding e-scooters on roads, cycle lanes or pavements had previously been illegal in the UK due to safety concerns. However, as part of a strategy to explore greener and more ‘socially distanced’ methods of urban transport due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government announced plans to accelerate trials of rented e-scooter schemes. From now on, more than 50 councils and regional authorities putting in place e-scooter pilots, which can run for 12 months.

These new approvals have created a race between e-scooter companies to win potentially exclusive contracts with regional governments. This month Irish startup Zipp Mobility was approved in some regions, and is now engaging with a number of councils to secure e-scooter licences.

Voi’s e-scooter trial across Northampton and Kettering will form part of the local ‘Smart Move Northamptonshire initiative’, a plan utilising new technology and innovative solutions to help manage the transport network, provide better information to users, and offer more choice as to how they travel.

As part of the trial, Voi will create 50+ FTE jobs, provide safety pop-ups and helmets, additional insurance offers, subscription options, among others. Voi is also rolling out ‘Shieldex’ Copper-Tape tape on handlebars, designed to kill 99.98% of coronavirus on contact,…

Charlotte Tucker

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