This is a basic tutorial explaining how to use Scooter Map. Most of the features are pretty self-explanatory, but if you need a little clarification, or just aren’t sure how to get started, this should help.The Basics
Scooter Map helps you find scooters from all of the scooter companies in one app.
If you charge for multiple companies, or if you just want a leg up over other chargers, ScooterMap can be a great tool.
When you load ScooterMap, you’ll see a simple map displaying the location of all the scooters in your area available for charging.
In the bottom left corner of the screen is a button that says “Filter <Number>.” Clicking this opens the Filter Panel which will help you narrow down the scooters visible on the map.The number next to “Filter” is how many scooters are visible on the map.
Using the Filters
Scooter Map’s filters help you narrow down scooters by:
- Last GPS Data
- Last Trip
By using the information from these filters together, you can get a better picture of which scooters are most likely available, and you’ll be able to better plan your route as you pick up scooters to charge.
Let’s review each filter one by one.Company
This filter allows you to see scooters from all the companies at once, or just one at a time.
If you charge for multiple companies, you’ll love this feature. Instead of going back and forth between several apps, you can just use Scooter Map to show you every scooter in your area.
But even if you only charge for one company, you can use the company filter to determine if it would be profitable to charge for another company too. Let’s say you only charge for Bird right now – if Scooter Map displays a large number of Limes in your area, it may be a good idea to sign up as a Lime Juicer. In some areas, Lime is more popular than Bird, and there may be very few Lime Juicers for you to compete with.Bounty
The bounty filter shows you the amount of money you’ll make for charging a particular scooter.
You’ve probably learned by now that scooters with very high bounties (e.g. $18, $20) are often impossible to find, so it may be helpful to filter these scooters out of your view so you can ignore them when you plan your charging route.
On the other hand, you may be planning a “fishing expedition” to find high value scooters. In that case, use the bounty filter the opposite way to see only scooters with the largest bounties. If you’re hunting high bounties, you should plan to spend a lot of time exploring areas looking for them.Last GPS
This filter tells you the amount of time since the GPS unit on the scooter last “talked” and indicated its location.
A high amount of time since the last GPS report is bad. This may indicate a scooter is lost or the equipment is broken, making the scooter hard to find.
A low amount of time since the last GPS report is usually good, and indicates the scooter is probably where the map says it is.
But this can sometimes be misleading.
Even if the amount of time since the last report is low, the GPS unit may be getting a bad signal, and could be telling you the scooter is in one place when its really in another. Tall buildings, parking garages, and faulty equipment all contribute to poor GPS signals and inaccurate map readings.
You can also use the “Custom Hours” filter to only find scooters that have been seen in a specific time range. If you check “Custom Hours” and punch in 0.5, you will only see scooters in the past half hour. Last Trip
This is arguably the most useful filter – perhaps even more important than GPS. This filter tells you how long it’s been since the last time someone got off a scooter.
If the time is low (e.g. a few minutes), then its highly likely the scooter will be at the location the app says it is.
If the amount of time since the last trip is very high, then it’s likely the scooter is either lost or broken, and might not be where the map says it is.Battery
This filter shows you the amount of battery charge left on a scooter.
It can often be helpful to filter out scooters with zero battery, especially if you’re not collecting scooters with a vehicle and need a ridable scooter with a good charge to stack other scooters on top of.Roadmap vs Satellite View
To toggle between the Roadmap and Satellite views, click the “Filter” button then find the section “Update Map Type”.
This feature lets you change the style of the map, so you can get an idea of what the terrain actually looks like where a scooter is located.
For instance, let’s say you see a high value $20 scooter all by itself in what looks like a convenient, nearby area. If you toggle over to “Satellite” view, you might learn the scooter is on top of a large hill, making it difficult to capture. Or, it could be on top of a multi-story parking garage – making it challenging to find, but easier now that you’re equipped with that information.