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How high-end cameras and algorithms are making escooters safer

  • Tech
  • Computer vision
  • Speed
  • algorithm
  • Sensor
  • Safety
  • e-scooter
  • Trial
  • Micromobility
  • bike lanes

How high-end cameras and algorithms are making escooters safer

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Swedish micromobility firm Voi is adding computer vision technology to its e-scooters to automatically reduce speeds when they enter heavily pedestrianized areas.

The firm has partnered with Irish tech startup Luna to apparatus the technology, which comprises high-end camera sensors.

Algorithms adapt input from these sensors, and the data is candy using edge accretion – an access where data crunching is agitated out closer to the area it is needed to reduce latency.

The technology will also be able to detect the apparent that an e-scooter is being ridden on, such as a bike lane or pavement, and adjust its speed accordingly.

Fredrik Hjelm, Co-Founder and CEO of Voi Technology, said: “We are all-embracing beat technology like this so that we can help shape cities for living, and to ensure that borough authorities feel assured in including e-scooters as part of their smart city strategies.”

UK trials

Trials of the new band-aid are currently underway in the UK city of Northampton, and the first phase will see local Voi staff fit scooters with the technology, so they can learn their environment.

Once this phase is complete, the technology will be chip into Voi’s e-scooters for public use in the city.

Northampton’s e-scooter trial is part of a UK-wide government-led action to test the capability of e-scooters in UK cities.

Last week Transport for London (TfL) launched a antagonism to actuate which three e-scooter firms will take part in its trial, set to launch next spring.

Ensuring safety has become a analytical affection of the UK trials, with e-scooter firms introducing appearance like one-second geofencing technology and artificial sounds to warn pedestrians.

UK motoring association The AA has also teamed up with German e-scooter firm TIER Mobility to run road safety lessons, where e-scooter riders will be taught how to accomplish and park the cartage and share the road safely with cars, pedestrians , and accessible users.

Micromobility safety

While the safety of e-scooters has come under heavy analysis in recent years, research by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found they are not any more alarming than other forms of micromobility, including bicycles and e-bikes.

Earlier this month, the Dutch government auspiciously piloted a safety affection advised to limit the speed of e-bikes on a four-kilometer amplitude of bike lanes at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam.

Using agenda technology, the motor of the e-bikes cuts out when the accessories enter built-up areas.

The non-profit Townmaking Institute, which is behind the concept, is alive with e-bike firms and government authorities with the apprehension that the technology could be rolled out by 2022.

Discussions over the use of the technology are most avant-garde with the city of Amsterdam, but the ambit of Gelderland and North Holland are also said to have shown an interest.

The accepted e-bike alcove speeds of 20-25 km/h, but faster-advanced models can reach 80 km/h.

In 2019, 65 people were killed while riding e-bikes in the Netherlands, up from 57 in 2018.

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Appear December 29, 2020 — 15:00 UTC

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