A new app called ScootRoute is the first of its kind and designed for traveling by motor scooter, e-scooter, and e-bike. The app was developed by Founder and CEO Meghan Braley, who’s been riding a Vespa for ten years. The app took 18 months to build.
Braley, who’s located in Boston, visits her family in the suburbs via her motor scooter but noticed traveling could be tricky, as the vehicle only reaches 30 miles per hour. To solve her problem, she developed the app with a number of features in mind. She quit her senior-level position at a leading fintech company, emptied her savings, and partnered with a local development shop focused on startups.
The primary feature is a customizable route. You can put in your start location and destination and personalize your route based on speed, inclines, and road types. For cities that allow e-scooters, the app will feature those and the relevant bike plans in planned routes.
In addition to route customization options, users will have access to turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to save and share their routes. This way, they’ll never miss a turn and always know how to get to their destination.
The app works by combining three different mapping technologies with real-time traffic data. ScootRoute finds the best route for every scooter journey while keeping riders updated with fast-paced local regulations. The technology has intelligence on speed limits, bike lanes, parking sidewalk rules, and more.
In an interview with WDVM, Braley said, “It’s must beet to be able to say, ‘I know exactly where I’m going, I know where the bike lanes are, I know where the safest roads for me to go,’ rather than me just being like, ‘I’ll figure it out.’” She hopes that her app encourages safer travel and ridership from more demographics.
Even with the development of apps like this, accidents still happen. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports, three out of five people are hurt while riding e-scooters on sidewalks in D.C. In the event you’ve been involved in an accident and believe another party’s negligence contributed to your injuries and losses, the Rideshare Law Group can help. We provide legal representation to accident victims when they need it most. Contact us today for more information.