Bird has launched Beginner Mode, a new safety feature built for the Bird Two alongside autonomous emergency braking, skid detection and the IP68-rated waterproof battery.
Beginner Mode is a gentle acceleration option that lets new riders gradually work their way up to full speed. It is aimed at riders who may not have much experience riding shared scooters, as well as for those who prefer a softer acceleration out of the gate.
To activate Beginner Mode, users tap a button in the app or visit Settings > Ride Mode to enable the feature. The safety feature was initially piloted last year on the Bird One scooters. In response to feedback from cities and riders, Bird is rolling out Beginner Mode on all of its newest scooter models just in time for spring and a surge of new Bird Two launches in cities around the world.
“By improving the safety of our vehicles through features such as Beginner Mode, we’re working towards our goal of improving the health and safety of entire communities,” said Brendan O’Driscoll, VP of product at Bird. “We know that reducing unnecessary car trips in cities helps keep our streets safer and our air cleaner.
“When riders feel secure on Bird scooters, they’re more likely to rely on them regularly for essential short-distance urban trips. That’s what we’re striving to accomplish every day.”