Irresponsible parking with Rollers is the plague of a city that is run over by motorized devices. On Thursday, e-scooter company Bird released "Community Mode" in its app, which includes a way to report or complain about poor parking or damaged roads in the streets of Birds.
The new feature is part of Bird's GovTech platform. Let cities in established transport systems work with the scooters. This was released a few months ago, but now Bird Reporting is accessible to all users of the app. Bird says cities will see the option in the coming weeks.
The Bird app lets you report a parked bird the wrong spot or a broken bird lying around and blocking things. Once it's reported, the scooter service will send someone to reposition the vehicle. With damaged scooters go out so-called "mechanics" to remove the device and repair it.
For those who want to complain about Birds scattered around the city streets, the app needs to be downloaded. There is no total freedom for all bird haters out there.
More importantly, will Bird track down the last driver on poorly parked scooters? The company did not say so, but I could see a future with fees added to your account if you left a bird in the middle of the sidewalk or in front of a shop door.
It could soon be time to shape our business sloppy parking facilities. Bird rival Lime already claims to have e-scooters that can detect whether you are driving on the sidewalk or in a zone without parking.