Ride-sharing scooters, torn asunder

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An ongoing project for the reverse-engineering and security testing of ridesharing scooters. Particular effort is spent on Bird scooters, because we're calling the act of liberating scooters 'birdboxing', because of the meme.

The following scooters are presented:

  • Bird ESB / ESX

    Benchoff03/10/2019 at 18:53 0 comments

    Recent versions of Bird scooters are called the Bird ESB or ESX. They are manufactured by a subsidiary of Segway. They weigh more, they’re sturdier, and more importantly to Bird’s bottom line, they are vastly more secure. However, being more robust comes at a cost: the retail price of the Ninebot scooter is approximately $150 more than the Xiaomi M365.

    The design of these brains were contracted out by Bird to Mobilogix, manufacturers of asset tracking and IoT devices.

    Notable features of the Mobilogix boards include a much, much more integrated design. Instead of Particle dev boards, this board features a Quectel wireless module with an integrated GPS receiver. The connectors for this board are not designed to fit the wires of an existing scooter, instead the scooter and brain board were designed in tandem. Overall, the V.2 Bird Brain is vastly more integrated, a cleaner design, but still slightly overkill. There’s no reason for Mobilogix to use a Cat-1 modem for a device that is sending a few dozen bytes to Bird servers every few minutes.

  • The M365 Scooter

    Benchoff03/10/2019 at 18:50 0 comments

    The first version of Bird's scooters were based on the Xiaomi M365, with a specially-adapted 'bird brain'.

    Disassembly is easy in situ:

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Thibaut Sciverit wrote 03/30/2020 at 10:38 point

well done! I am inspired to do something similar. My friends from will help me to do it right. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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olsen wrote 03/15/2019 at 15:36 point

Good job! Do you have any idea what kind of code runs on these things? Is there any way to get a binary off of the particle board?

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