A number of electric scooters from Lime have been removed from the streets in Australia after being hacked to make sexual remarks at riders.
The e-scooters are being trialled in Brisbane and at least eight have had their audio files replaced by a hacker.
One video shows a Lime scooter making sexual comments upon a rider logging in and logging out of the system.
The voice from the scooter box can be heard saying, “Okay, if you’re going to ride my ass then please pull my hair, okay?”
In a statement, Lime’s public affairs manager, Nelson Savanh didn’t find any humour in the situation.
“We are aware that eight Lime scooters in Brisbane have had their audio files changed by vandals recording over the existing audio file with inappropriate and offensive speech,” Savanh said. “It’s not smart, it’s not funny, and is akin to changing a ringtone.”
Lime currently has no idea how and when the audio files have been hacked.
This isn’t the first hack that the electric scooter company has faced in Brisbane. Other scooters were taken out of circulation earlier this year after a firmware glitch caused the wheels to lock up unexpectedly, resulting in a number of customers injuring themselves after being launched over the handlebars.
Maybe just get an old fashioned bike?