Check out our new Scooter Routing Beta!

By Richard Süselbeck | 12 July 2018

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Scooters! Scooters are great. They’re like bikes except without the health benefits. Scooters are amazing! They’re like cars except without the crumple zone. Scooters are brilliant! They’re like motorcycles except without the fun.

I kid.

Scooters are cool again, with a zillion scooter-related startups coming around the corner on two electric wheels, looking all stylish and hopefully wearing a helmet. Next up: Scooters on the blockchain! (That’s a free business idea, act now!)

Seriously though, scooters are back in business and might just turn out to be a viable part of our future mobility mix. It’s no wonder then that we at HERE Technologies are now offering Scooter-specific routing!

In essence you get a route that avoids all those roads you’re not allowed to use on a scooter. Like highways. And bike roads. Seriously, don’t do that. I’ve seen you. Not cool.

Anyway, there are some caveats. First, it’s still in beta (but still more stable than a scooter kickstand). Second, for now it’s only available in the Premium versions of the HERE Android and iOS SDKs.

Also, scooter routing only supports “fastest” mode. I mean, who wants to go slow anyway? Finally, dedicated scooter lanes are not yet supported. Yet. We’re working on it. It’s a beta, OK?

Caveats aside, that’s pretty neat. So how does it work? Well, it works just like you’re used to from our routing, except that you set the TransportMode to SCOOTER. Check it out:

Step 1: Set up the RoutePlan and throw some waypoints in there.

Step 2: ??? (Create the RouteOptions and set phasers to scooter.)

Step 3: Profit! (From the IPO of your massively successful scooter startup.)

But now you’re saying: wait! That’s Android code. I’m cool, I’m stylish, I drive a scooter! Naturally I wouldn’t be caught dead with anything but an Apple device while texting and driving. (Fun fact: if you text and drive, you’re very likely to be caught dead! Seriously, stop doing that. You’re nice. We like you. Stick around for a while longer.)

So anyway, here’s the iOS code for people who love laptops without working keyboards.

Step 1: Spend 2600€ on a laptop.

Step 2: Listen to Jony Ive talk in dulcet tones about the “more accurate and efficient keyboard design”

Step 3: Sme f the keys are nt wrking

There you go. Now scoot! (Preferably in scooter, using our neat and new scooter routing!) Before you do, check out the documentation on the HERE developer portal for Android and iOS and don't forget to sign up for the 90-day free trial so you scooter-route yourself.