SUNWAY Iskandar has begun the trial and test-bedding of the world’s first self-distributing personal mobility device (PMD) within its 728ha township located in Iskandar Puteri.
It would be the first developer to debut the Scootbee autonomous e-scooter in Malaysia after signing a memorandum with its creator, a Singapore-based technology company, CtrlWorks Pte Ltd.
Residents and visitors to Sunway Iskandar will be able to use the Scootbee as a mode of transportation around the township.
To use the Scootbee, the users only need to summon the e-scooter using a mobile application where the vehicle will then “drive” itself to the rider.
Upon receiving the scooter, the rider would be able to navigate it to the intended location, and once the ride is complete, the e-scooter will then depart on its own to self-park.
During this trial and test-bedding phase, there will also be free ride clinics for the residents and visitors of Sunway Iskandar.
Sunway Bhd Property Development Division (Sunway Iskandar and International Projects) deputy managing director Tan Wee Bee said the innovative and resource-efficient solution offered by Scootbee was aligned with its development as a smart sustainable township.
“Scootbee is truly an innovative urban solution as it is autonomous, we believe that it will overcome the challenges that the first generation urban mobility solutions had, such as haphazard parking.
“Scootbee provides an affordable, sustainable and clean mode of transportation, in line with our efforts to provide next-generation urban solutions and improve connectivity in Sunway Iskandar, ” he added.
CtrlWorks operations manager Jasmine Saini said Scootbee has undergone over a year of rigorous testing in public test environments in Singapore.
“We are confident that it is ready to meet the requirements of Sunway Iskandar’s residents and visitors, ” she said, adding that CtrlWorks looks forward to working with the developer to implement and showcase Scootbee as a sustainable mode of transportation.
Jasmine also thanked Enterprise Singapore for connecting CtrlWorks with Sunway Iskandar and providing guidance to them in their first venture outside Singapore.