The Daily Telegraph

New e-scoot­ers switch off on pave­ments af­ter one sec­ond

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E-SCOOT­ERS could be pro­grammed to switch off one sec­ond af­ter rid­ers mount the pave­ment, a firm bid­ding for a new con­tract to op­er­ate a rental scheme in the UK has said.

New e-scoot­ers will use sen­sors to cut off power if they en­ter a “pro­hib­ited zone” such as foot­paths or shop­ping cen­tres.

The tech­nol­ogy, which has been ap­proved for Bri­tain, will dis­able the scooter within a sec­ond of en­ter­ing a pro­hib­ited space, The Times re­ported.

Link, an Amer­i­can e-scooter com­pany, plans to in­tro­duce the sys­tem in Bri­tain be­gin­ning with a scheme in London and an­other in Portsmouth, Southamp­ton and the Isle of Wight.

It comes fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of a year-long trial of elec­tric scoot­ers last month be­cause rid­ers re­peat­edly mounted pave­ments.

The Gov­ern­ment le­galised e-scoot­ers in July as part of emer­gency mea­sures to give peo­ple more trans­port op­tions dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, when pub­lic trans­port net­works were run­ning at re­duced ca­pac­ity.

The scoot­ers are lim­ited to 15.5mph and can be used only on 30mph roads and in bike lanes, but there have been a num­ber of vi­o­la­tions of these terms of use. They are pro­hib­ited on pave­ments and other pedes­tri­anised ar­eas and must be hired from li­censed com­pa­nies to en­sure they meet de­sign stan­dards.

Last week, MPS on the Com­mons trans­port com­mit­tee said that tougher en­force­ment was needed to pre­vent a “se­ri­ous haz­ard” for pedes­tri­ans.

The one-sec­ond shut­down is a vast im­prove­ment on cur­rent rates.

E-scoot­ers are cur­rently fit­ted with global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (GPS) tech­nol­ogy to track their lo­ca­tion and to cre­ate “ge­ofenc­ing” that pre­vents rid­ers from en­ter­ing unau­tho­rised zones.

But it has been claimed that it can take up to 30 sec­onds to send GPS data to a cen­tral “cloud” sys­tem, com­pute the lo­ca­tion and send a com­mand to the scooter.

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