Estonian mobility technology company Bolt, the largest scooter operator in Europe, has been announced as one of three companies awarded the license to operate scooters, e-bikes and cargo bikes in Milan, Italy, until 2026.
As a result, more than 2,000 Bolt scooters will continue to be available in Milan, and 2,000 e-bikes and 15 cargo bikes will be added to the operator’s micromobility fleet.
Bolt has provided scooter operations in Milan since 2022. The firm has launched a number of features to improve safety standards, such as a cognitive reaction test to address drunk riding, a tandem riding prevention system to prevent two people riding a scooter at the same time and ambient sound, which alerts pedestrians of an approaching scooter.
To make sure its scooters use public space in the right way, Bolt will launch ParkAssit+. The upgraded version of the AI parking system ensures that the scooter is correctly parked after the customer finishes the ride, both in terms of the scooter location and the right position. Scooter sensors will also detect when a scooter is tilted more than 15% and suggest the rider to re-park to avoid the scooter falling down.
Fabio Re, country manager at Bolt in Italy, said, “We are proud of the trust that the city of Milan has shown in Bolt, and we are looking forward to continuing our work together to shape sustainable mobility habits in the years to come.
“At Bolt, we’re committed to being a reliable partner for cities, supporting them in making urban areas more people-friendly by offering alternatives to driving a private car, and thus tackling air and noise pollution and congestion,” Re added.