US e-mobility provider Lime has added e-mopeds to its range of shared e-mobility services. The first e-mopeds are being deployed in Washington DC and Lime expects to have some 600 e-mopeds operating in the District by the end of April.
“This launch is a major step toward our goal of expanding access to affordable, carbon-free and shared transportation to more users around the world,” says Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime. “As the first city to have all three Lime vehicle types – e-bikes, e-scooters and now e-mopeds – we’re excited to help Washington DC get moving again as cities begin to emerge from COVID-19, with safe, sustainable, and socially-distanced transportation.”
Lime says safety is a big consideration with the introduction of e-mopeds, “We want to ensure that our riders are equipped with the knowledge to safely operate our mopeds, which begins before a rider can even start a trip.” Safety checks and training includes a training video, providing a step-by-step guide on how to safely ride the moped; an AI-enabled live likeness test to check the license submitted is that of the rider; and a mandatory helmet selfie check to prove they are wearing the helmet supplied both before the rides starts and including an automatic in-trip confirmation.