January 10, 2024
[10 January 2024] Australia and New Zealand’s largest micromobility company Beam will bring its brand of community-first micromobility to the Georges River region from today.
This marks metro Sydney’s first council-led e-scooter trial.
An initial 60 purple e-scooters will be introduced to Kogarah and be available for hire from 5am to midnight, 7 days a week, accessible via downloading the Beam app and scanning the QR code on the e-scooters.
The app-based service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates ($1 to unlock and from $0.51 per minute to ride), and ‘virtual docking’ to protect city amenity.
Beam’s ‘Beam Safe Academy’, the company’s major safety education and enforcement program, will be in place to educate riders on local riding rules and safe handling of e-scooters. The program includes:
Beam will deploy its Saturn 5 e-scooters, featuring safety-first technology to support both rider safety and that of other road users, including GPS tracking, geofencing and speed limiting technology to ensure safe integration into the city’s transport network.
The e-scooters will also feature tip-resistant dual kickstands, front suspension, triple brakes, wireless charging phone holders, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries.
High precision geofencing will be in place, ensuring riders remain inside the approved e-scooter operational zones, and swift action as the rider moves between zones with differing restrictions such as ‘slow zones’, where speed is automatically slowed, and ‘no parking zones’.
Beam’s AI-powered Pedestrian Shield technology will be integrated into its e-scooter feet, incorporating road surface detection for better rider and pedestrian safety.
With Pedestrian Shield, Beam’s e-scooters will accurately and reliably identify whether the vehicle is traveling on footpaths, streets or bike lanes, enabling Beam to educate riders on safe riding in and around the cities, by providing specific in-trip and post-trip feedback.
Beam’s NSW Operations Manager, Ned Dale said:
“We’re excited to be bringing our purple e-scooter fleet to metro Sydney for the first time, giving residents and locals more options in how they travel around.
“We’re committed to investing in the local community, with new technology to improve safety and accessibility of our e-scooters, and new community programs to enable local businesses and community groups to unlock the benefits of shared micromobility.
“Safety is our first priority, and we are committed to enforcing safe riding, in collaboration with the police.
“We invest in rider education, prevention and deterrence, but above all, even the safest e-scooter requires a safer rider, and we ask that people do the right thing - that means wear a helmet, follow the road rules.”