Yes, it was the first time they tried to be something more than just a big-talking startup. I still don’t like the smartphone analogy as it smacks of impermanence. There are 30- & 40-year-old Vespas still going. Once you go overboard with the tech components, you have something that breaks down all too often.
It was nice to see them address the proprietary nature of their batteries and the possibility of opening up their platform. That could give them staying power.
I must admit, I have a more positive view of their company now. Not to the point yet where I’d buy one, but if they keep listening to their critics and making the necessary changes, then I’d consider one.