Fourth brand joins Seattle's scooter share program: Spin, backed by Ford

Shared ride Spin electric scooters are lined up on a street in Washington, DC June 11, 2019. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)

Shared ride Spin electric scooters are lined up on a street in Washington, DC June 11, 2019. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)

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Ford Motor Company’s scooter share company, Spin, is making its way to Seattle.

Spin is expected to receive a permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) soon. The newcomer will join Lime, LINK and Wheels, who were able to start deploying their fleet on Seattle streets last fall in an effort to promote cleaner means of transportation in the city.

Spin’s scooters can already be found in White Center as part of a pilot program in King County. The company is planning on partnering with SDOT to bring their scooters to West Seattle soon. The hope is to ease transportation throughout the neighborhood as the West Seattle Bridge remains closed. Spin also plans to bring 1,000 more scooters throughout the city of Seattle.

10 June 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: E-scooters of the US-American bicycle and e-scooter rental company Spin are standing on the sidewalk at the side of the road. Photo: Horst Galuschka/dpa (Photo by Horst Galuschka/picture alliance via Getty Images)

10 June 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: E-scooters of the US-American bicycle and e-scooter rental company Spin are standing on the sidewalk at the side of the road. Photo: Horst Galuschka/dpa (Photo by Horst Galuschka/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Seattle’s scooter share program provides quick trips around the city. Scooters are rented through the respective company’s smartphone app, and when finished, scooters can be parked at the end of the trip in a close location, ready for the next rider.

Seattle's scooter share program originally included only three permits. The city was holding back on issuing a fourth, but in April, when the department announced it was ready to expand the program, it found the answer in Spin’s Insight Level 2 model scooter.

The Insight Level 2 scooters feature new, advanced technology designed to promote safety while riding the scooters through busy city streets. The “Sidewalk Detection Technology” features sensors on the scooters, artificial intelligence, and computer vision to determine when a rider is on the sidewalk instead of a road or bike lane. The technology also helps with driving safely and parking in appropriate places. The scooters will make an audible noise when the rider does something unsafe, illegal or incorrect.

SDOT is also collaborating with Spin to create further technology for its scooters that will slow them down on sidewalks shared with pedestrians.

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