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Zagreb Startup Creates First Croatian Electric Scooter

By 27 October 2020
The first Croatian electric scooter - illustration
The first Croatian electric scooter - illustration Source: Pixabay

October 27, 2020 – The first Croatian electric scooter, associated mobile application, and charging station are part of the Rolla project by the Croatian company Iddi. And better yet? Everything is made in Croatia.

As Večernji.hr reports, for the electric scooter to be safe for traffic, they put direction indicators and a speed limiter on it, and so everyone else in traffic could hear it, they added sound. It is very difficult to steal because it is equipped with an integrated tracking system, and when it is not in use, it is locked in its charging station.

Ivan Šimatović, the head of the company Iddi and his colleagues describe their Rolla project as a package that consists of the first Croatian electric scooter, the corresponding mobile application, and the charging station, and everything, they point out, was produced in Croatia.

The prototype has already been produced, and by March, 10 should be delivered to three private tourist facilities in Plitvice and Istria.

"The idea is to rent a scooter to tourists in private facilities such as camps and hotels, where crowds and lack of parking spaces create unnecessary stress. We remain the owners and in immediate contact with the users, and these facilities work as intermediaries," explains Šimatović.

The scooter is connected to a mobile application that also serves as its dashboard where you can see information about the vehicle such as speed and battery status, but it is also equipped with some interesting features that are of great benefit in tourism.

"It serves, for example, as a tourist guide because the user can read all the interesting things about the area in which it is located, as well as a display of events such as concerts. And it also serves as navigation, so if you want to visit an attractive location, you can select it on the screen, and the application takes you there," says Šimatović.

The idea originated a year ago, and the goal behind the Rolla project is to create a traffic-safe scooter. The team is one of 19 competing at this year's Startup Factory organized by the Zagreb Innovation Center (ZICER) and they are racing for a piece of the fund, which this year amounts to 550 thousand kuna.

"We are a team of seven young enthusiasts who know electronics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and related fields, as well as the will and idea to produce something of our own, that is Croatian, and solve the problems faced by users of electric scooters," said Iddi.

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