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China's Ninebot unveils scooters that drive themselves to charging stations

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Segway-Ninebot Group, a Beijing-based electric scooter maker, on Friday unveiled a scooter that can return itself to charging stations without a driver, a potential boon for the burgeoning scooter-sharing industry.

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Segway-Ninebot Group, a Beijing-based electric scooter maker, on Friday unveiled a scooter that can return itself to charging stations without a driver, a potential boon for the burgeoning scooter-sharing industry.

Ninebot said Uber UBER.N and Lyft LYFT.O, the ride-hailing giants that are expanding into scooter-sharing, would be among the customers for the new semi-autonomous vehicles that are expected to hit roads early next year.

(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang in BEIJING and Brenda Goh in HONG KONG; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Himani Sarkar)

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