Uber rumoured to be in talks to buy an electric scooter startup

The ride-sharing company doesn't want to be left out of the scooter-sharing game

Swagtron scooter

Uber is known as a pioneer in the ride-sharing industry, and it’s looking to grow its market share by acquiring a scooter-share startup like Lime or Bird.

Lime and Bird are the two most popular scooter-sharing companies in the U.S. They operate by letting users rent and find scooters through a mobile app, allowing riders to pick up and drop off the scooters anywhere.

Uber is already holding serious talks with Bird, the larger of the two scooter-shares, but it is working with Lime as well in case the Bird deal falls through, according to a report from The Information. 

Uber already owns a stake in Lime which means that some users can order scooters from that company inside of the Uber app in the U.S., according to The Verge.

Lime is already running a small scale test of its scooter-share model in Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.

Regardless of what company Uber makes a deal with, then it might mean that scooter-shares could start popping up north of the border since Uber already has an established presence in Canada. That said, it will be up to cities to allow the scooters to operate within them.

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said that “Bird is not for sale” in a statement to The Information.

Source: The Information, The Verge