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To clarify the users' main doubts about this novelty, the TechTudo prepared a list with four questions and answers about Uber electric scooter rentals. Next, check out how the service works, understand the fees charged and find out which are the next cities that should receive motorized scooters.
Uber scooter: learn how the new service works Photo: Divulgao / Uber
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According to Uber, the debut of electric scooters in Brazil is another step in the "commitment to bring together, in a single application, several different means of transport, offering more and more options for the population". It is worth remembering that, in September, the company inaugurated Uber Transit in So Paulo and started to show information on public transport in real time.
"With this new service, we want to continue helping people to move around without having to rely on a private car, contributing to reduce congestion and urban pollution," said Ruddy Wang, director of New Modalities at Uber in Brazil.
Scooters arrive on the streets of the city of Santos with their own Uber brand. Unlike what was announced, the company did not bring the Jump brand to Brazil, startup electric bicycles and scooters purchased by the transport app that is already active in several cities in the United States. Still, the company has preserved the visual identity of North American vehicles: the Uber logo is applied on a red background, which is also the color of Jump.
Uber users can rent electric scooters directly in the transport app, without having to download any other program on their cell phone for this. With the Uber app open and running the latest version, tap the scooter icon at the bottom of the map. Then, when you find a vehicle available on the street, simply scan or enter the code to unlock it.
At the end of the trip, park the scooter in a location that does not block the passage of cars or pedestrians. Photo: Divulgao / Uber
It is also possible to reserve a scooter. In this case, the user has up to 15 minutes to walk to it and unlock it. How Uber joined the system dockless, in which it is not necessary to take the vehicle to a station at the end of the journey, just park the scooter in a place within the service area, without blocking the passage of cars or pedestrians.
Uber charges R $ 1.50 to unlock the scooter and adds up to R $ 0.75 for every minute of use. In a five-minute trip, for example, the user must pay R $ 5.25.
The service is only available in the city of Santos, on the coast of São Paulo. There is currently no forecast for expansion to other municipalities, but the company is working on the possibility of offering it in the city of So Paulo. Questioned by TechTudo, Uber said that it has already submitted all the necessary documentation to offer the service also in the city of São Paulo, according to the note below.
"The Uber team analyzed several markets this year to understand how an electric scooter sharing system, integrated in the same application, could contribute to local mobility. After considering factors such as population and bicycle infrastructure, we decided to start the operation by So Paulo and Santos. The city of Santos adopted an open stance of innovation and new forms of mobility alternative to cars, receiving today the first Uber scooters in Brazil.
In So Paulo, Uber has already made significant investments to start the operation, having gathered all the documentation required by the municipal regulation and submitted an application for City Hall accreditation in September. Since then, we are ready to start operations in the capital, just waiting for a response to the request for accreditation, which has not yet been appreciated."
The Municipal Transportation Secretariat of So Paulo City Hall responded to the TechTudo with the following note.
"The Municipality of So Paulo, through the Municipal Committee for the Use of Virio (CMUV), clarifies that the operator Jump do Brasil Tecnologia Ltda. filed for accreditation to operate shared scooters in the period in which Decree 58.907 / 19, which deals with the definitive rules of the sharing system, was in the process of being regulated. In the referred period, only operators that had already been accredited during the previous stage (provisional regulation) were authorized to operate. That operator appealed to Justia to obtain her accreditation, but her request was denied. The regulation of scooter sharing was completed at the end of October 2019, and the City is analyzing the operator's documentation."
Meanwhile, those outside Santos can turn to other brands that rent shared scooters, such as Grin and Yellow. Owner of the green scooters, Grin charges R $ 3 reais for unlocking the vehicle and R $ 0.50 every minute, a price that can attract those who take longer trips. The company operates in the cities of So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Florianpolis, Porto Alegre and Santos.
Grin: company offers shared scooter service Photo: Divulgao / Grin
Yellow, in turn, covers a wider range of cities: Belo Horizonte, Braslia, Curitiba, Florianpolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, So Jos dos Campos, So Paulo and Vitria. The rental price varies by location. Cariocas pay R $ 2.25 to unlock the yellow scooter plus R $ 0.75 per minute. In Vitria, unlocking R $ 2.50; in Braslia, R $ 3.50, being charged an extra R $ 0.50 per minute in both cities. In other places, Yellow charges R $ 3 in unlocking plus R $ 0.50 per minute of use.
Yellow electric scooters are available in ten Brazilian cities Foto: Divulgao / Yellow
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