The 3-wheeled scooter by Spin

Written by Theo Konig – November 10, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Spin, the micromobility start-up from San Francisco, have announced plans to release a revolutionary new three-wheeled scooter. The firm, acquired by the Ford Motor Company in 2018, builds and operates electric share-use scooters in cities in North America and Europe. In partnership with Segway-Ninebot and Tortoise, Spin are planning on releasing their latest scooter, the S-200, later this year.

Riders less comfortable on a two-wheel scooter can now opt for a more stable and safe riding experience. It’s higher up, it’s sturdier and much harder to tip over and fall compared to ordinary scooters. It has a regenerative rear brake, front and rear drum brakes, and turn signals located on the handlebars and near the back wheel. All around, the S-200 is designed to address issues of safety facing riders.

The S-200 is marketed as a scooter built also for pedestrians, however, and not just for riders. The real gem behind the S-200 is the nifty coincidence that three-wheels solve the balancing issue of the kickstand. This means, by equipping the S-200 with front and rear-facing cameras, and by developing the appropriate software courtesy of Tortoise, Spin can remotely operate their scooters. One of the major issues facing cities with shared scooter programs is the disorganized and cluttered parking of scooters on pavements. Spin plan on addressing this problem by teleoperating their S-200 and repositioning them. Operators thousands of miles away will be able to move scooters blocking a sidewalk to an appropriate parking space.

The S-200 is still in its early phase of testing – some 300 have been launched in Idaho, USA – and Spin have yet to confirm in which cities they plans on releasing. However, the company have already discussed the futuristic potential of their latest release. One possibility sees Spin using the repositioning software as a scooter-hailing service. This would see a scooter being driven remotely to a person, on demand, to where they are.

Auto Trendy’s take:

It’s great to see a scooter that is addressing some of the problems created by the micromobility revolution. For starters, a scooter that isn’t necessarily designed for younger people and allows for safer riding is always a welcome positive. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The implications of adding a third wheel go far beyond safety and sidewalk parking and might in fact be the signaling of a push towards autonomy in the electric scooter sector.