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e-scooters in Canberra: ACT government partners with Neuron Mobility to establish public network

The N3 e-scooter is finished in a distinctive shade of orange, ensuring it won’t be missed in the urban jungle.

Canberra residents will soon have access to a public e-scooter network, with the ACT government partnering with Neuron Mobility for the project.

Due to launch next month, 750 Neuron N3 e-scooters will be deployed on Canberra’s city streets, with 75 local jobs created in the process.

The public network will be tailor-made, with geofencing technology to be used to create ‘slow zones’, ‘no parking zones’ and ‘no go zones’ where necessary.

The N3 e-scooter is finished in a distinctive shade of orange, ensuring it won’t be missed in the urban jungle, although riders are able to share their location in real time with family and friends.

But better yet, the N3 has an app-controlled helmet lock that secures a safety helmet to the e-scooter between trips. It also has topple detection, which alerts the operations team if it’s been left on its side and is in need of repositioning.

Using the same technology, the N3 e-scooter has an emergency button that helps its rider dial 000 in the event of a fall, although voice guidance can educate them how to ride safely in the first place.

Riders are able to book the N3 e-scooters via Neuron Mobility’s smartphone application, with single trips costing $1 to unlock and 38c per minute thereafter.

Alternatively, more frequent riders have the option to subscribe instead, with three-day ($25), weekly ($33) and monthly ($89) options allowing them to ride for up to 90 minutes per day, offering savings of up to 90 per cent.