Though the type you see riding on the ground are perhaps the most familiar, there are actually three broad types of vehicle scooters: ground, air, and water.
The new wave of scooters are generally in the Motorized Scooter camp, using a platform for the rider to stand and powered by a small engine.
These new self controlled and independent scooters started appearing in major cities in 2017 and especially 2018.
Scooter Sharing Companies at one point generated hype in excess of that of ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, but that has subsided somewhat in 2019. Nonetheless, the market for sharing scooters is growing.
Dictionary.com states the word “scooter” was first recorded in the 1800-1810 time frame.