Uber, Lyft, and Others Apply For San Francisco e-Scooter Sharing Pilot Program

Uber, Lyft, and Others Apply For San Francisco e-Scooter Sharing Pilot Program

The west coast–particularly California and particularly San Francisco–is a hive of technology innovations in travel. While self-driving cars and advancements in law and testing have dominated tech news for years, the new kid on the block is the e-scooter.

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Taking a page out of the books of Uber and Lyft’s ride-sharing ventures, several companies have jumped at the city’s scooter-share pilot program. Included in these companies trying to get in? Uber and Lyft, of course. Uber applied under Jump, the e-bike share company it scooped up this spring. That said, no one in Jump confirmed that an e-scooter was in the works. Meanwhile, Lyft has been eyeing another bike-share company in Motivate which already has a stake in New York and San Francisco.

The program will only allow for five companies to operate in the city initially. Twelve companies applied for a permit including: Jump (Uber), Lyft, Bird, Hopr, Lime, Ofo, Razor, Ridecell, Scoot, Skip, Spin, and USScooter. San Francisco will announce the five chosen companies at the end of this month.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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