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Silent’ escooters forced to make bogus noise to warn UK pedestrians

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Silent’ escooters forced to make bogus noise to warn UK pedestrians

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German micromobility firm TIER Mobility plans to fit its e-scooters with bogus admonishing sounds to alert blind and partially sighted people of their approach.

The aggregation has partnered with the Thomas Pocklington Trust – a UK alms for blind and partially sighted people – and will absorb analysis from the alignment to design and roll out the new affection across its UK fleet in 2021.

Last month York City Council announced it was alive with TIER to deploy 50 e-scooters across the city in the new year – with the abeyant for 600 to be up and active by May 2021.

Fred Jones, TIER’s UK General Manager, said: “E-scooters offer lots of allowances to UK cities, but they must be alien in a advised way, alive in accord with local communities and accounting for the apropos of people with visual impairment.

“Rather than just paying lip account to visually broken people, we want to work with them to bear real action to abode their concerns, so we are captivated to be alive with Thomas Pocklington Trust to design and roll out a sound alert across our cartage next year.”

The firm currently operates in over 60 cities across nine countries.

Safety concerns

As the acceptance of e-scooters has exploded in recent years, cogent apropos have been raised about the safety of the devices, both for riders and pedestrians.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that most e-scooter injuries occur on pavements and happen to amateur users, with a survey of 103 afflicted e-scooter riders at a Washington D.C hospital absolute 40 percent of those afflicted had been taking their first ride on an e-scooter.

In July the UK government launched e-scooter trials in select locations around the country, but issues bound arose in some cities, with Coventry suspending its trial days after its addition after users were seen ascent pavements and riding scooters in pedestrianized areas.

A week into an e-scooter trial in Teesside, two riders were chock-full by police after they were caught using the accessories on a busy dual carriageway.

Some e-scooter providers rely on geofencing technology to combat their use in belted areas, though the time-lag in disabling accessories when they leave a acceptable area – which can be up to 30 seconds – means this isn’t always effective.

In October, American firm Superpedestrian claimed to have advised an built-in sensor-based geofenced system on its LINK e-scooters which ensures riders cannot use them within a second of abrogation an accustomed zone.

The company, founded by urban carriage experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has accustomed approval to accomplish in the UK from the Department for Carriage (DfT) and is currently in talks with local authorities in London apropos accessible e-scooter trials.


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Appear November 13, 2020 — 11:00 UTC

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