December 7, 2023
[7 December 2023] Australia’s largest micromobility company Beam will bring its brand of community-first micromobility to the Georges River region in early 2024, with an initial 60 purple e-scooters to be introduced to the Southern Sydney region on 10 January.
Beam’s operations will bring not only access to shared e-scooters for local residents and visitors, but also the creation of local jobs to manage operations in the local community.
The app-based service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates, ‘virtual docking’ to protect city amenity, and an in-app and in person safety school for rider and community education.
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 employ riding restrictions and educate riders on safe riding in and around the cities, by providing specific in-trip and post-trip feedback.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Georges River Council to deliver the region’s first shared micromobility operations, and to bring our industry leading e-scooters to the region,”
said Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper.
“Over ten million shared e-scooter and e-bike trips have been taken on Beams all across the country, with data from our other Australian operations showing a shift from cars to a preference for e-scooters for shorter trips under 5 km.
“As we prepare to commence our operations in Kogarah, we are committed to forming partnerships with local community members and organisations, and engaging in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians and other road users.
“We know e-scooters are new to the community, and we are committed to working closely with the local community to ensure riders know their responsibilities when on an e-scooter.
“We are confident that our experience across other Australian markets will ensure operations are a success.”
Beam’s operational area and pricing information will be released ahead of the trial’s commencement.