German startup Ujet Group has unveiled an electric-powered connected scooter at the annual CES technology show in Las Vegas this week.
Founded in 2015, Ujet Group says its mission is to produce “a new generation of urban mobility solutions” that help the goal of creating more sustainable cities through the use of smart technologies.
Its first product, the Ujet electric scooter, was designed from the ground up, combining smart connectivity and high performance materials typically found in the aerospace sector with clean technology and refined design.
The connected scooter will be launched in European cities including Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Luxembourg and Amsterdam in the first half of this year, before debuting in the US, in California and Florida, and in Asia in the second half of this year. It will be priced at about US$9000 to $10,000 depending on the battery size. Orders are being taken online.
“With more of us than ever living in cities, it’s never been more important to make urban environments a place in which people enjoy to live,” said Hugues Despres, CEO of Ujet International, explaining the philosophy behind the company and its bike.
“As a result, Ujet is focused on providing urbanites with great products that help them get around their city with style and ease. Our electric scooter is a perfect example of that with complete connectivity, advanced materials and unparalleled design that pays attention to every single detail. Its compact size occupies much less space for driving and parking, and represents a fast mode of transportation, and the portable battery eliminates the need for charging stations, giving urbanites the freedom to navigate their urban environments efficiently and effortlessly. And, with sustainability at the heart of our brand, Ujet has an important role to play in creating a better future. Our electric scooter is the first of many future products that will bring the Ujet philosophy to life.”
App-controls unlock, disable
Ujet electric scooter riders can control the machine directly through their iOS or Android app. They can unlock their scooters with their smartphone, receive step-by-step directions to where it is parked, share it remotely with friends and family, and can disable it remotely if the anti-theft protection sends a warning that the scooter has moved without their command. The app allows riders to monitor scooter performance, including battery level, mileage, saved carbon dioxide emissions, and more, as well as easy access to customer support with locations of nearest service shops, and the ability to communicate with a dedicated support team.
All elements of the Ujet electric scooter were built to be friendly to the user and environment alike. It offers a high performance smart battery available in two sizes with an estimated range up to 70 km or 150 km, and can be charged from any regular power socket. About the size of a cabin-size suitcase, the battery is removable, portable, and rollable, allowing for easy and convenient transport.
Additionally, a personalised touch interface provides easy access to navigation, voice control, music streaming, telephony functions, and the front-facing HD camera, which can take video that can be later downloaded and transferred. When in motion, riders can access basic functionality of the interface using buttons on the handlebars, allowing them to focus on the road and have a safe, distraction-free experience.
The Ujet electric scooter also hosts numerous connectivity options, including SIM card with 3G connection, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.
The Ujet electric scooter is equipped with the lightest tyre in its class – the world’s first nano-augmented tyre. Made with applied Tuball, containing single-wall carbon nanotubes, the tyre is equipped with strong and conducive materials that provide unprecedented performance and safety. The advanced materials within the tyre doubles wet and dry grip and, therefore, increases traction. Additionally, the high performance materials in the frame, which include alloy and carbon fibre composite (which can be up to 40 per cent lighter than aluminum), allow the Ujet electric scooter to weigh just 43kg and be robust, durable and secure at the same time.
Striking a balance between the high performance technology and an modern design, the Ujet electric scooter looks both unique and futuristic.
“When designing the electric scooter, the Ujet team turned to the organic shapes in nature, paired with contemporary architecture for inspiration,” the company explains. “The asymmetrical and sculptural frame make the scooter look bold but also easy to handle, and the ability to quickly and easily fold and store the scooter adds to its convenience.”
The Ujet electric scooter is available in the Diamond or Curved shape, with a low or high seat and small or large battery, in six colors, including Concorde White, SoHo Grey, Piccadilly Blue, Uptown Black, Bel Air Blue, and Shibuya Gold.
Accessories available include a helmet, leather gloves and fast charger.
Ujet Group has a design centre in Germany and an assembly plant in Luxembourg.