Uber Plans to Roll Ahead of Competition With Custom Electric Scooters

Uber has high hopes for a custom scooter it plans to roll out later this year that it says will be more comfortable, durable, and more difficult to vandalize. “We believe scooters are a part of the future way people get around city centers,” said Michael Beckman, Uber’s head of scooters. “Both electric bikes and […]

Bird Scooters Ditches Gig Economy Mechanics in Favor of In-House Repairs

The scooter rental company Bird Rides Inc. has quietly begun abandoning its practice of paying independent contractors a per-vehicle rate to fix its scooters in several cities. In late February, mechanics working in San Diego received an email saying their services would no longer be needed, and that they should repair any vehicles in their […]