China’s Ninebot has unveiled new electric scooters which can autonomously drive themselves to charging points.
The business said that it plans to release its new KickScooter T60 next year to scooter rental firms, such as existing Ninebot customers Bird and Lime, allowing customers to rent the vehicles by the minute through an app.
Ninebot’s new scooters can guide themselves to charging points by connecting to the internet and locating nearby stations.
Scooter firms currently employ contractors to collect the devices overnight in order to charge and repair them. Fleets of autonomous scooters could remove this cost, making it more profitable to operate scooters in cities around the world.