From robotaxis to e-scooters, Covid is changing how people in China commute

The need for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has boosted demand for “individual traveling devices,” according to Chinese electric scooter maker Niu Technologies, which has seen its Nasdaq-listed shares surge nearly 300% this year.

The company’s Chief Executive Yan Li said the trend is observed globally: Europe, North America and even in China where the spread of Covid-19 has been largely contained. That’s because commuting via e-scooters is seen as safer and easier, compared to driving a car and taking public transportation, he added.