But developer Victor Pontis' creation is facing scrutiny from bigger scooter companies. The latest issue comes from scooter operator Lime, The San Francisco-based company recently sent another cease and desist letter to Scooter Map, which pulls Lime scooter data like location and battery level onto its app.
The whole saga started at the beginning of 2019 when companies like Lime and Bird were less than pleased that Scooter Map let users unlock scooters directly through the third-party app. It's since changed with a redirect to each scooter companies' specific app.
Despite that change, Scooter Map is now in trouble with Apple's App Store after Lime's head of IP Legal notified the online marketplace about trademark, data, and logo misuse, as seen in emails to Pontis that Mashable reviewed. The cease and desist notices keep coming.
So now Pontis has created a petition for riders and community chargers who use Scooter Map to sign off on the app's usefulness in their lives. In the few days since posting the petition Pontis said about 1,000 people have signed. Comments from riders reiterate the convenience of the app.
"Scooter Map helps me see my options without opening multiple apps," one Boston rider said in the petition comments section. "No one wants to have to open 2-5 scooter applications to find one near you," another rider in Denver wrote.
Lime is threatening to sue Scooter Map and asked Apple to take SM down. Bullying tactics