BMW is mulling on the idea of offering a ride-sharing program for its motorbikes and scooters fleet to get around congested cities.
“This is definitely an option, but we haven’t found the solution for the second helmet yet,” Peter Schwarzenbauer, Head of BMW’s MINI, Rolls-Royce and motorcycle brands, said in an interview at the Geneva International Motor Show. “There’s the issue of sizing and then re-using helmets in the summer heat — it’s not ideal.”
BMW will start a pilot in May allowing people to rent motorbikes via an app from dealers for a few days at a time, starting in Germany, France and Austria.
To meet growing demand for agile two-wheelers skirting congestion in cities, BMW is considering a second electric scooter, Schwarzenbauer said. The new model would be smaller than the existing C evolution maxi-scooter that has a driving range of about 160 kilometers (100 miles), he said, declining to give more details.
“Quite aside from ride sharing, in many cities we’ll see more mobility on two wheels,” he said.