Growing use of e-scooters reflects increasing demand for micro-mobility, says tech CEO

Superpedestrian CEO Assaf Biderman said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rising" that the increasing use of electric scooters, or e-scooters, reflects a growing demand for micromobility in metropolitan areas. 

"This has actually been in the making for a long time. Cities have been experiencing tremendous growth and demand for transportation, and there's no space. So basically, there's been a need for vehicles to just become smaller," Biderman, whose company specializes in transportation robotics, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton last month.

The transportation CEO went on to discuss micromobility, which is the use of a compact-size vehicle for personal transportation. 

"We saw bikes, then we saw electric bikes, now we see scooters. We'll see other types of vehicles. So this idea of micromobility is actually a fundamental part of how cities will evolve to allow a lot more people to move through the streets as we move into the future," he said. 

The use of e-scooters in cities has increased significantly over the past year. 

Washington, D.C.'s Department of Transportation is in the process of reviewing applications from e-scooter companies, six of whom already operate in the city under a pilot program, according to The Washington Post.

"If you look at the micromobility market in general, it's one of the fastest growing markets that have been recorded, all in all," he continued. "So micromobility is gathering pace, not just in the United States, also in China." 

— Julia Manchester