Electric scooter has started to trend as convenient and environment friendly mode of transports for small distances within the city. Naturally a large number of companies starting from automobile heavyweight like Ford to smartphone OEM Xiaomi has ventured into this newly emerging segment. Now, a French electronics manufacturer Archos, popular for their smartphones has unveiled the first Android powered electric scooter.
Archos is calling it as Cittee Connect. The electric scooter is set to be showcased at the upcoming Mobile World Congress that’s set to take place at Barcelona in a weeks time. The Cittee Connect looks just like any standard electric scooter available in the market, but what makes it apart is the presence of a Android powered tablet on one of its handles.
With that said, the Android tablet has nothing to do with the mechanicals of the scooter. Its just present as an added feature to help riders communicate and use their electric scooter in an easier fashion. On the contrary, the device attached to the bar handle of the scooter is connected with the main motor with the help of sensors, and in turn provides a number of relevant data like charge of the motor, speed of the scooter on the display.
The Android powered device that doubles up as the dashboard features a 5 inch HD display. Moreover, its powered by quad core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It runs on Android Oreo 8.0. The device also comes with 3G connectivity, thereby enabling you to navigate around using Google Maps. Riders can even surf Facebook on the Android powered dashboard, however that’s something we surely wouldn’t recommend you to try.
The Cittee Connect features a fuss free industrial design that’s reasonably portable. It also looks rather nice. The e-scooter features a aluminium frame that comes coated in black paint with little streaks of green here and there. It comes with 8.5 inch puncture-proof tyres and a range of 25kms. Archos claims that the Cittee Connect can generate small amount of power every time the rider utlizes its brakes. Furthermore, the scooter can reach a top speed of around 22 -25km/hr.
Archos will be selling the electric scooter on its website starting April at a price of 399 Euros ($464/ Rs 30,000 approx.). Thereafter the scooter will be available for sale offline through selected retailers at a slighty higher price of 499 Euros ($615/Rs 40,000 approx.).