Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white-label service

San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing network Scoot tells TechCrunch it plans to share its back-end software with third-party scooter operators in congested cities around the world. The idea, as Scoots founder Michael Keating explained it, is to allow those in other cities who have vehicles tohook into Scoots back-end operation system, allowing them to also run a scooter sharing network in their area. The startup is offering what it calls theScoot Mobility Operating System (Scoot MOS) as a white-labeled service to help those who want to operate a similar scooter networkget up and running in the same way Scoot operates in San Francisco. So, instead of seeing a bunch of the red Scoot-branded scooters on the road like you would in San Francisco, where Scoot operates, youll see some other brand of scooters motoring about these other cities but utilizing the Scoot system to find their scooters and track with built-in GPS software. The plan not only helps Scoot expand without the extra burden of vehicle costs, maintenance, parking spots and hiring in each city but also gets the local owners to work with their own governments and regulations to set up shop instead of Scoot worrying about it. In other words,these operations would simply be powered by Scoot but operate independently.

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