The alerts promise to strengthen the safety of cyclists and neighborhoods. This will increase the chances that your next ride will have healthy brakes and tires, and should deter joyriders who could hurt others.
The company is not the only one to detect scooter abuse. Lime uses the accelerometer and speed information to know when you get on the sidewalk, for example. Unlike its rival, however, Bird uses skid detection for the app. This might not be suitable if you don’t like the idea of a scooter service judging your rides, even if no one is constantly monitoring your performance. However, Bird is clearly betting that more customers will feel comfortable knowing that fewer rogue runners are on the streets.