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Microsoft is taking advantage of a controversy created by Google last month to push its own new competing open source cloud technology. Last month, Google ticked off IBM and many others in the open source community over a popular open source project known as Istio.  Developers had been looking forward to the project being turned over to a vendor-independent organization run by the Linux Foundation.  Instead, Google created an odd new entity and turned the project over to that org. So on Wednesday, Microsoft announced its own new competitor to Istio and said it has already asked the Linux-run org to take control of it.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The controversy Google kicked up last month — where it angered IBM and others in the open source community over its handling of a popular open source project called Istio — was apparently too juicy for Microsoft to resist.  To briefly recap the controversy: In 2017 when Istio was a young project, Google promised to transfer responsibility for it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, an independent organization run by the Linux Foundation. But in June, it created an unusual new organization and transferred the project to that entity instead, angering many in the open source community. On Wednesday, Microsoft waded in by offering its own competitor to Istio called Open Service Mesh. Microsoft also promised to do what Google refused to do: Turn the project over to CNCF.  "We believe an open source, openly governed, standards-compliant service mesh is important for the community," the company told Business Insider in a statement.  Free software is lucrative for cloud providers Open source projects are the communal property of the tech world, software anyone can use for free or modify. As they grow popular dozens of major companies and thousands of programmers may contribute to them. They still need leadership: Someone has to decide which contributions get included in the main project and which do not. And, although the software is free, as they become popular they gain tremendous commercial value. In the cloud world, cloud providers will offer these open-source software projects as services that their customers pay fees to use. Organizations like the CNCF exist to ensure no one vendor has undue control over important open-source projects — so they can't manipulate them to benefit their commercial interests at the expense of others. Google itself helped establish CNCF a few years ago for another popular cloud open source cloud technology it created called Kubernetes. Open sourcing its technology puts Google between a rock and a hard place. It is hoping to rise to the top of the cloud wars by creating new cloud tools. However, it's watched as two of its most popular projects — Kubernetes and Tensorflow — become popular, key services on competitors' clouds, particularly on Amazon Web Services. Then, last month, after Istio had grown in popularity to the point where big names in the industry had contributed to it, including IBM/Red Hat, Cisco and others, Google did something unexpected. It created an odd new organization, one dedicated just to dealing with open-source project trademarks (controlling the use of a brand name or logo), and not handling the total management of the project. It then transferred Istio (and a couple of its other projects) to that new organization.  Some people praised the new organization. Others said Google's move reflected badly on the Linux Foundation, which they accused of becoming a political landmine where vendors with the deepest pockets can buy influence. "New leadership at Google and Google Cloud are having second thoughts about turning over the fruits of their work to foundations that they eventually lose control over," wrote developer Alan Shimel on DevOps.com. But, as we previously reported, many others were angry at Google, pointing out that the the Linux Foundation — as well as other established open source foundations — are already equipped to handle trademarks and logo use. Major Istio contributor IBM wrote a public blog post condemning Google's move, as did a famous programmer who now works for Oracle's cloud. What Istio is and why Microsoft's move matters  Istio is a "mesh service," which is software tool that helps developers run "microservices." Microservices give developers a way to build cloud apps in tiny modular pieces, rather than in one big block of code. A "mesh service" then connects microservices together so they can function as one app. Even before Microsoft jumped in, there were other competitors to Istio. But Istio was holding a golden spot thanks to the big names using and working on it — assured to do so, in part, by the assumption it would one day go to the CNCF. Thanks to Google's decision, some of those big names are now jumping ship. When a top member of CNCF spoke out against Google's decision, he implied that the Linux Foundation would throw its considerable weight behind a competing project. Enter Microsoft, and Open Mesh Service, stage left. Gabe Monroy, a Microsoft partner program manager — and a CNCF board member — told TechCrunch that Open Mesh Service is gunning to be dethrone Istio by being easier to use, and that Microsoft is also "not interested" in contributing to Istio, deflating Google's project even more. (Microsoft isn't and never has been an official contributor to the Istio project.) "The truth is that customers are not having a great time with Istio in the wild today," Monroy told TechCrunch. "I think even folks who are deep in that community will acknowledge that and that's really the reason why we're not interested in contributing to that ecosystem at the moment." 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  Sling is one of the most affordable cord-cutting services on the market, offering two packages —  Orange and Blue — with 30+ live channels starting at $30 a month or combined for $45 a month. Orange offers the Disney Channel and ESPN, while Blue offers a slate of Fox channels, NBC, Bravo, and Discovery. Both Orange and Blue offer CNN, TBS, Food Network, and BBC America. You can also add on multi-channel packages, like Sports Extras, Kids Extras, or News Extras, starting at $5 a month. Premium add-ons, like Showtime, Starz, and Epix, are also available for an additional monthly charge.  If you're new to Sling TV, you can receive a free three-day trial when you sign up. Here's a complete breakdown of the channels offered on each Sling package.    If you're hoping to get the most bang for your buck once you cut the cord with your cable subscription, Sling is one of the most affordable live streaming services on the market. You can read our full Sling TV review here. The service has two packages with over 30 channels starting at just $30 a month. Though you may make some compromises in the user interface department — it's not as pretty or as intuitive as some other streaming services out there — the amount of channels offered is just as good as its competitors. But Sling's website makes it a bit difficult to compare services and ensure you'll be getting the channels you're after, so we've broken down exactly what you'll get with each package and all the add-ons you can include to enhance your channel offerings. Updated on 8/5/2020 by Steven Cohen: Revised details for Sling's current free trial offer. Added Kartoon Channel! to premium add-ons. Added a link to our Sling TV review.  The two main packages — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — offer 30+ channels for $30 a month, or $45 combined Sling's two main offerings are Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each available to stream for $30 a month. For the most part, the channels largely overlap between the two, but there are a few key differences that might cause you to choose one over the other. Disney and ESPN are included with Sling Orange. You don't get them with Sling Blue, but in their place, you'll get a slate of Fox-owned channels including FX, Fox Sports 1, National Geographic, Bravo, TLC, and Discovery. Blue also comes with NBC and its local affiliates, but only if you live in select markets — more on that later. The channels that overlap on both Orange and Blue include standouts like Food Network, Lifetime, CNN, and the History Channel. If you're keeping up with the newest season of "American Horror Story" on FX, but you absolutely can't live without "SportsCenter" on ESPN, you might want to combine the two packages for $45 a month, giving you access to all 50+ channels Sling offers over the two services. Sling Orange doesn't offer any local channels at all, so if you're hoping to catch your local nightly news, Sling Blue is the way to go. Blue offers local channels from NBC and Fox, but only in select cities. If you live in any of the following Designated Market Areas, you'll have access to both your local NBC and Fox affiliates: New York; Philadelphia; Chicago; Washington, DC; Dallas/ Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose. For a full list of markets supported by each station, check out the Sling website.  If you live outside any of the supported regions and you're really attached to your locals, you'll have to find another way to access those networks. Sling actually offers a solution for this via a special bundle it provides with an antenna and an AirTV 2. This bundle is available for new subscribers who prepay for three months of Sling service. The antenna allows you to pick up local channels via over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts. The AirTV 2 then allows you to integrate those channels with the Sling app on several supported devices. There are plenty of add-ons starting at $5 a month if you're looking for specific genres or channels If you want to further enhance your channel selection, Sling offers a slate of genre-based add-ons starting at $5 a month. Each add-on, like Kids Extras, Sports Extras, and Lifestyle Extras, offers a mini-bundle of channels for an additional charge. Sling offers seven of these mini-bundles, which they'll package together and throw in 50 hours of DVR service for just $20 a month, a $20 savings compared to buying them separately. Though HBO is no longer offered, there are still several premium add-ons you may want to tack onto your service. For $10 a month, you'll get a slate of nine Showtime channels — perfect if you want to stay up to date with the new season of "The L Word: Generation Q." Sling also offers a Starz package for $9 a month and an EPIX package for $5 a month. If you're using Sling a la carte, the monthly charges per add-on can increase your rates pretty quickly, but if you're happy with its baseline Orange or Blue offerings, Sling is incredibly cost-efficient.   See below for a full breakdown of all Sling's channel offerings and add-ons, and click here to sign up and start streaming live TV. Sling Orange Sling Blue Both Orange and Blue Sports add-ons Comedy add-ons Kids add-ons News add-ons Lifestyle add-ons Hollywood add-ons Heartland add-ons Showtime add-ons Epix add-ons Starz add-ons Other premium add-ons Sling Orange Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: Disney Channel ESPN ESPN2 ESPN3 Freeform MotorTrend A&E  TNT AMC HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network EPIX Drive-In Lifetime Viceland AXS TV Fuse  Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Local Now Comet  Stadium Sling Blue The following channels are included: USA AMC Bravo Discovery Channel FOX NBC FX TLC NBC Sports Network MSNBC Fox News Channel Fox Sports 1 Nick Jr. SYFY National Geographic BET truTV E! Paramount Network A&E  TNT HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America HLN Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network Epix Drive-In Lifetime Viceland AXS TV Fuse  Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Local Now Comet Stadium Both Orange and Blue The following channels are shared between the Orange and Blue plans: A&E TNT AMC HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network EPIX Drive-In Viceland AXS TV Fuse Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Comet Stadium Sports add-ons ($10/month if Blue; $10/month if Orange) The following channels are included with Sling Orange: ACC Network  ACC Network Extra Longhorn Network  ESPNU ESPNews SEC Network  SEC Network+  MLB Network MLB Network Strike Zone Tennis Channel NBA TV Pac-12 NHL Network beIN Sports Outside Television The Following channels are included with Sling Blue: FS2  Golf Channel Olympic Channel  MLB Network MLB Network Strike Zone Tennis Channel NBA TV Pac-12 NHL Network beIN Sports Outside Television Big Ten Network (coming to Sling ahead of the 2020 college football season) Comedy add-ons ($5/month if Blue; $5/month if Orange) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: CMT GSN Logo MTV MTV2 Revolt TV Land Paramount Network (already included in Sling Blue base channels) truTV (already included in Sling Blue base channels) Kids add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Disney Junior (not included if you have Sling Blue)  Disney XD (not included if you have Sling Blue)  Nick Jr. (already included in Sling Blue base channels) NickToons TeenNick Boomerang BabyTV duckTV News add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: CNBC (not included with Sling Orange)  Fox Business (not included with Sling Orange)  NDTV 24x7 (not included with Sling Orange) HLN (already included in Sling Blue base plan) NewsMax Science Channel BBC World News Weather Nation Euronews News18 RT America CGTN Law & Crime Network Lifestyle add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Oxygen (not included if you have Sling Orange) BET (already included in Sling Blue base channels) Cooking Channel DIY FYI Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Channel Hallmark Drama Lifetime Movies VH1 WE TV  Z Living HD Hollywood add-ons ($5/month) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: FXX (not included if you have Sling Orange)  FXM (not included if you have Sling Orange)  Cinemoi HDNet Movies REELZ SundanceTV Turner Classic movies Heartland add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Nat Geo Wild (not included if you have Sling Orange)  World Fishing Network RIDE TV Sportsman Channel American Heroes Channel Destination America Outdoor Channel RFD-TV PixL The Cowboy Channel Pursuit Great American Country Showtime add-ons ($10/month) The following channels are included: SHOWTIME SHOWTIME 2 SHOWTIME Beyond SHOWTIME Extreme SHOWTIME Family Zone SHOWTIME Next SHOWTIME Showcase SHOWTIME West SHOWTIME Women EPIX add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: EPIX EPIX 2 EPIX Hits STARZ add-ons ($9/month) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: STARZ STARZ Comedy STARZ Edge STARZ Encore STARZ Kids and Family STARZ West Other premium add-ons (monthly price varies) The following channels are included: NBA League Pass: ($28.99/month) NBC Team Pass: ($17.99/month) CuriosityStream: ($3/month) UP Faith & Family: ($5/month) Hopster: ($5/month) PANTAYA: ($6/month) Stingray Karaoke: ($7/month) Dove Channel: ($5/month) Outside TV Features: ($5/month) Docurama: ($5/month) CONtv: ($5/month) Here TV: ($8/month) Cinefest: ($5/month) Cinemoi: ($3/month) Comedy Dynamics: ($5/month) DOGTV: ($5/month) Hallmark Movies Now: ($6/month) Grokker: ($7/month) The Country Network Plus: ($3/month) Magnolia Selects: ($5/month) Warrior & Gangers: ($3/month) Monsters & Nightmares: ($3/month) Kartoon Channel!: ($4/month) Stingray Qello: ($8/month) Dox: ($3/month) Echoboom Sports: ($6/month) Hi-YAH!: ($3/month) Lion Mountain TV: ($3/month) VSiN: ($4/month)
SpaceX returned two NASA astronauts to Earth on Sunday after flying them to the International Space Station. The mission, called Demo-2, flew the first crewed US spacecraft since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship is a product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and private companies. Boeing is also building a spaceship as part of the program, but SpaceX's progressed faster. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX and NASA celebrated a major milestone on Sunday: the completion of the world's first crewed commercial spaceflight. The company's Crew Dragon spaceship carried two NASA astronauts into orbit and docked to the space station two months ago, then returned on Sunday in a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere. The mission, called Demo-2, was the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon to carry more people into space. "This day heralds a new age of space exploration," Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO, said during a NASA TV broadcast after the splashdown, adding, "I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one." Since NASA ended its space-shuttle program in 2011, the agency has relied exclusively on Russia to ferry its astronauts to and from orbit in Soyuz spacecraft. But those seats have gotten increasingly expensive, and the world's space agencies have had no alternative for launching and returning astronauts, even when technical glitches have arisen. That's what spurred NASA to launch its Commercial Crew program, which was designed to facilitate the development of new American-made spacecraft. The program put private firms in competition for billions of dollars' worth of government contracts. SpaceX and Boeing came out on top, and SpaceX's spaceship passed its tests and became ready for astronauts first. Here's how NASA came to rely on the two companies to resurrect American spaceflight.SEE ALSO: 27 epic images show how SpaceX made history by flying NASA astronauts to and from the space station DON'T MISS: Telescope video captured SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship attached to space station, 250 miles above Earth NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are now the first people ever to fly in a commercial spacecraft. Both men are spaceflight veterans and were deeply involved in SpaceX's efforts to design its Crew Dragon spaceship. "This has been a quite an odyssey the last five, six, seven, eight years," Hurley said during a NASA live broadcast after the recent landing. "To be where we are now — the first crewed flight of Dragon — is just unbelievable." Crew Dragon launched into space with the two astronauts inside atop a Falcon 9 rocket on May 30. The mission, called Demo-2, was a demonstrate meant to show that the launch system and spaceship could safely transport people. The next day, the capsule docked to the International Space Station, where it stayed for two months. Aboard the space station, Behnken and Hurley conducted science experiments, routine maintenance, and a couple of spacewalks. On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley climbed back into the capsule, which they'd named Endeavour, and undocked from the space station. The next day, they survived a fiery plunge back to Earth. "It felt like we were inside of an animal," Behnken said in a briefing on Tuesday. Parachutes slowed the fall, and Endeavour landed in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET on Sunday, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Recovery teams helped the astronauts out of the capsule and gave them a medical check. The men were fine but found it difficult to stand; that's normal for ISS astronauts, since their bodies become accustomed to floating in space. Prior to the Demo-2 mission, the last US rocket-and-spaceship system to carry astronauts to and from space was Atlantis, NASA's last space shuttle. It launched and landed in July 2011. After 135 shuttle missions, NASA retired the program so it could direct funds towards long-term missions to the moon and, eventually, Mars. Since then, NASA has relied on Russia's Soyuz system to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Soyuz has been the only human-rated spacecraft that can ferry people to and from the $150 billion, football-field-size orbiting laboratory.  Russia has nearly quadrupled its prices for NASA over a decade. In 2008, a single round-trip flight for a NASA astronaut cost about $22 million; by 2018, that price had soared to about $81 million. As of late last year the price is about $85 million, according to CNN. Additionally, two recent incidents raised concerns about the reliability and safety of Soyuz rockets. In August 2018, a Soyuz began leaking air into space while attached to the space station. A small hole was found and investigated by cosmonauts. Russian authorities think the hole came from a manufacturing accident with a drill that was hastily covered up. Then that October, a Soyuz rocket failed during launch. The space capsule, which was carrying one American and one Russian, automatically jettisoned away, and they walked away uninjured. Despite these issues, the world's space agencies had no other options for getting their astronauts to and from the space station. NASA's Commercial Crew Program has been developing alternative launch systems since 2010. The competition asked private companies to build new astronaut-ready spacecraft. Once the program is complete, the agency will have doled out more than $8 billion in awards and contracts over about a decade. "We don't want to purchase, own, and operate the hardware the way we used to. We want to be one customer of many customers in a very robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said ahead of the Demo-2 landing. From dozens of hopefuls, two contenders made it through the competition: SpaceX and Boeing. Both of their spacecraft are designed to fly up to seven passengers to and from Earth's orbit. SpaceX, which Musk founded in 2002, designed the Crew Dragon, a 14,000-pound spaceship that's made to be reusable. The vehicle is SpaceX's biggest spaceflight achievement yet, but it's just the beginning of Musk's ambitions. "This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on Mars, of life becoming multiplanetary, a base on the moon, and expanding beyond Earth," he told reporters after the Demo-2 launch. Boeing, a century-old aerospace company, created the CST-100 Starliner, also a reusable capsule. It's made to land back on Earth using airbags, rather than splashing into the ocean. Before Boeing launches astronauts on the the CST-100 Starliner, it will re-do an uncrewed flight test, since the first attempt unearthed critical issues. In total, NASA selected nine astronauts to fly the Boeing and SpaceX spaceships on the demonstration missions and first official crewed missions. The group includes former space-shuttle flyers, ex-military test pilots, rookies, and — critically — four astronauts (including Behnken and Hurley) who'd been testing and providing feedback on the commercial ships for years. Before humans could fly in the new spacecraft, NASA required a robust series of test flights and demonstrations. In one such test, the Crew Dragon flew to the space station without a crew in March 2019 — making it the first commercial vehicle to ever do so. In that mission, called Demo-1, the spaceship launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, then linked up to the International Space Station for five days. The only passengers were a crash-test dummy named Ripley, 400 pounds of cargo, and a fuzzy toy Earth. Officials declared the test a complete success after the capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Bridenstine described the successful mission as "the dawn of a new era in American human spaceflight, and really in spaceflight for the entire world." But later demos hit snags. SpaceX did not pass an April 2019 test that simulated a parachute failure. The test was meant to examine what would happen if one parachute didn't deploy during a flight. SpaceX tried to simulate the situation, leaving only three parachutes to break the fall. Unfortunately, the other parachutes didn't properly deploy, either. However, the Crew Dragon parachutes eventually received approval after undergoing 27 rounds of testing. They performed as planned when Behnken and Hurley landed. William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations at the time, told Spaceflight Now that similar problems arose during Boeing's parachute tests. That same month, a Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a test-firing on the ground. NASA and SpaceX both welcomed the surprise failure. The mysterious explosion occurred as the capsule fired the large engines designed to help it escape a failing rocket. "Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test," SpaceX said on the day of the failure. Kathy Lueders, who managed the Commercial Crew Program and now leads NASA's Human Spaceflight Office, called the explosion "a huge gift for us" in terms of making the ship safer to fly. Boeing launched its Starliner capsule toward the space station for the first time in December 2019. Nobody was inside — just a mannequin named Rosie. There was also some food, Christmas presents, and other cargo for astronauts aboard the space station. But the Starliner suffered a major glitch with a clock about 31 minutes after launch, causing it to veer off-course. To save the uncrewed ship from total failure, Boeing skipped its docking with the space station — the main objective of the mission — and used the remaining propellant to stabilize the capsule's orbit and get it home. On its early return to Earth, the capsule relied on impact-absorbing airbags to land safely in the desert. A NASA safety panel revealed in February that the Starliner had also suffered a second software issue, which ground controllers patched in the middle of the test flight. Boeing and NASA officials said the error could have caused a collision between two units of the spacecraft: the crew module and the service module. The error prompted NASA to launch a larger investigation into Boeing's coding and culture.   NASA and Boeing have decided to re-do that uncrewed mission before the company launches its first astronauts. The re-do is planned for October or November, according to The Washington Post, but officials have declined to offer a timeline for the Starliner's first astronaut flight. Before they could carry people, both spaceships also had to prove they can jettison astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of a rocket-launch failure. Such failures have happened to both the Space Shuttle and Soyuz systems, so having an escape plan is essential. Boeing passed the ground test of the Starliner's abort system in November 2019. The capsule rocketed nearly a mile into the air, then parachuted back to the ground. The entire flight lasted 1.5 minutes. SpaceX demonstrated its escape system in January, by turning off one of its Falcon 9 rockets mid-flight while a Crew Dragon was perched on top. The rocket was traveling at around twice the speed of sound when SpaceX shut it down. At that moment, the Crew Dragon detached, fired its own thrusters, and sped away from the soon-to-explode rocket. The ship landed in the ocean under four giant parachutes. "It went as well as one could possibly expect," Musk said of the escape-system demonstration.     Overall, the Commercial Crew program has run years past its deadline. Boeing and SpaceX were supposed to have their systems certified by 2017, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. "Most of us are just way past ready for this to happen. It has taken a lot longer than anybody thought," Wayne Hale, a retired NASA space-shuttle program manager, told Business Insider in January. Eventually, a round-trip seat on the Crew Dragon is expected to cost about $55 million. A seat on Starliner will cost about $90 million. NASA has contracted six round-trip flights on Crew Dragon. Behnken's wife, Megan McArthur, will pilot the second one. "What we did for Bob, I think we can do an even better job for Megan," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said after the Demo-2 splashdown. NASA also plans to open the space station to tourists for $35,000 per night. Last year NASA announced it would allow two private astronauts per year to stay up to 30 days each on the space station.   Holly Secon contributed reporting. Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.
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An electric scooter startup is rolling out a subscription service that will allow users to pay a monthly or annual fee to use and hold onto the same e-scooter. For $39 a month plus a one-time $50 setup fee, you can rent an Unagi's Model One scooter instead of sharing street e-scooters with other users as is typical with scooter startups. Unagi cofounder David Hyman told Business Insider that the subscription concept has been in the works for a while, but the "timing is good" during the no-touch climate of the pandemic. The concept could be a solution in the ride-sharing world as customers increasingly are skittish to use a micro-mobility vehicle after another person has already used it. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Unagi, a San Francisco Bay Area-based electric scooter startup, will let you pay a monthly fee to hang onto the same scooter, a service that could solve a problem in the ride-sharing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company now offers two subscription plans as part of its Unagi All-Access service. The first is a pay-as-you-go $39-a-month plan and the second is a $408 annual subscription, which amounts to a $34 monthly fee. There's a one-time $50 setup fee for both plans, and insurance is included for if your scooter is stolen or damaged. However, there's an $85 deductible for a replacement scooter. Customers who purchase the subscription will receive the company's Model One dual-motor scooter, which is priced at $990 to buy. A single motor vehicle is available for $840, though it's not apart of the subscription model. It has about 15 miles to a charge and takes about 5 hours to charge. Unagi cofounder David Hyman told Business Insider that there are added perks of owning or renting one through a subscription vs accessing it only on the street, like not having to worry about the batteries running dead. "Having one in your possession, when it's lightweight and portable, far exceeds a street scooter," Hyman said. According to the company website, a team member will deliver your scooter to you for free within 24 hours after purchasing a subscription. The monthly payment service will roll out in Los Angeles as well as New York, a market that recently made it legal for electric scooters to operate on public streets. Unagi plans to roll out in more cities eventually. Hyman said Unagi's subscription concept has been in the works since mid-2019, but "the timing is good" with the hypersensitivity to touch that has become a cultural mainstay during the pandemic. The health crisis has dealt a blow to the ride-sharing world — some people are less inclined to share a ride with a stranger or use a scooter or bike that had previously been used by someone else. Hyman also said the company's scooter sales have surged in recent months. "Before COVID, we were selling hundreds of scooters a month, and now we're selling thousands," Hyman said. Unagi isn't the first e-scooter startup to test a subscription service. As The Verge notes, Bird did so in mid-2019, but Hyman said the issue with Bird's plan was that it used the scooters that were designed to live on the street in its subscription model, which made "no sense at all." "It was an afterthought and not really a focused effort," Hyman said. Unagi was founded in 2018 and, according to its Crunchbase profile, "aims to liberate people from the tyranny of transportation frustrations." The startup has raised $3.2 million in funding from investors, including Menlo Ventures. As for the startup's name, Hyman said it is indeed in reference to the freshwater Japanese eel. The team settled on it while mulling over potential names that are associated with electricity.SEE ALSO: Why a $685 e-scooter was my best quarantine purchase Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The rise and fall of Donald Trump's $365 million airline
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