"AI-driven scooters, controlled remotely from the cloud"
controlled remotely from the cloud sounds to me like shadow-workers.
One worker can drive dozens of scooters to chargers over the course of a day. China has lots of people and low labor costs.
(Asking world-wide, not any specific country.)
Who knows what could’ve been!
It’s good for a scooter to recharge itself. It is not necessarily nice for the public to walk among scooters going to recharge stations.
Ie philosophy public vs private interest.
It's good for an individual to sit in air-conditioned comfort while burning fossil fuels to move 1.5 tons of vehicle. It is very unpleasant for the public to walk, run, cycle, scoot or even just stand among dangerous, noxious and congested vehicles