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Xiaomi doesn’t want Lyft using its scooters

Xiaomi doesn’t want Lyft using its electric scooters, according to a report.

The famous M365 electric scooter has been adopted by many ‘last mile’ rental companies, but it seems the Chinese super-brand has taken exception to the US company.

The likes of Spin, Bird and Lime have been using scooters like the M365 and the Ninebot ES2, but it seems Xiaomi didn’t consent to associate its brand with Lyft.

The Chinese company alleges Lyft – who currently operates its shared electric scooter service in Santa Monica, Washington D.C. and Denver – has referenced its brand in its advertisements and other documentation referring to its shared electric scooter business.

“We also do not condone Lyft’s unauthorised modification or retrofitting of our electric scooters for general public use,” Xiaomi wrote in its letter, according to Techcrunch.

Gone swimming?

If Lyft does not cease to use, purchase and modify its scooters, Xiaomi has informed the company that it will pursue legal action. Xiaomi also want Lyft to stop deploying its scooters “that have been modified without our consent in public scooter rentals.”

But Lyft denies knowledge of using Xiaomi’s trademarks in its advertising, a statement reads: “We have no intention of using any other company’s trademarks in advertising our scooters, and are not aware of any instance of having done so with our existing suppliers.”

It adds: “We will address these concerns with them directly. Safety modifications, including slowing scooter speeds, have been made to satisfy local regulatory guidelines.”