According to reports, Bird cooperated with Xiaomi at a price of tens of millions of dollars in May this year as one of its suppliers. The millet scooter is also used by Bird's competitor Spin.
Another major electric scooter manufacturer is Segway/Ninebot (it is a supplier of Lime), which has a close relationship with Xiaomi and is an investor. The reporter was still unable to contact Xiaomi to comment and clarify this relationship.
Xiaomi’s performance on the first day of listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday (July 9) was not good, but it rose sharply the next day. The company's IPO coincides with a large-scale trade war between China and the United States, and $34 billion in Chinese goods, including electric scooters, are subject to tariffs.
Xiaomi has not yet sold smartphones in the US, but the company said in March that it might enter the market by the end of 2018 or early 2019. That means it will compete with other mainstream smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung, as well as other low-priced Chinese imports such as OnePlus.
The US government may also let Xiaomi fall into the problem of espionage.HuaweiIt has been unable to enter the US market for many years. US intelligence agencies have even explicitly warned against using Huawei phones.
On the other hand, electric scooters are not smart phones. People don't use it to make phone calls, send emails and text messages (at least not yet!). They do collect some information: the privacy protocol shows that Bird collects information such as payment information, user account information, user communications with customer service on their applications, and battery status and location information from scooters.
This is not an insignificant issue, but to be fair, no one is worried that someone will espion through a scooter. (Lebang)