WHILL & Bird Make Mobility Options Available on Demand in Pilot Program

WHILL and Bird electric vehicles

WHILL and Bird electric vehicles were on display at the 2022 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

You probably recognize the Bird name because of its lines of electric scooters and bicycles available for rent in many city centers.

Now the micromobility company is partnering with power mobility device manufacturer WHILL, and with Scootaround, a mobility rental provider, on a pilot program to bring accessible vehicle rentals to several major American cities.

The program includes rentable WHILL Model Ci2 vehicles, which can be accessed via the Bird app.

Kerry Renaud, CEO/Managing Director of Scootaround, said of the program, “WHILL/Scootaround and Bird share the fundamental belief that personal, accessible mobility should be available to everyone who needs it.

“As micromobility options such as shared bikes and scooters continue to expand, we must ensure the benefits of these improved transportation networks be made as widely available as possible, including to persons with disabilities. Innovative partnership programs like this are an important part of that process, and we welcome Bird’s proactive participation in bringing them to life.”

At press time, the pilot program was operating in New York City, San Diego, and San Francisco, though a WHILL news announcement said the program “is expected to expand rapidly to more cities in 2022.”

Local residents as well as visitors in those cities can check on the accessible vehicle selection available for rental by using a custom interface on the Bird app. Upon delivery, vehicle riders receive “a personal 1:1 tutorial on how to safely operate the micro-electric vehicle to ensure that they feel comfortable and confident using, charging, and storing their vehicle throughout the duration of their rental.”

Bird is also providing a toll-free number to answer questions that renters have. For more information on WHILL’s offerings, visit whill.inc/us.

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