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Monday 1 March 2021

E-scooters embrace AI to cut down on pedestrian collisions

Electric scooter companies are turning to technology to try to reduce accidents and injuries among riders and pedestrians.

The problem has become so severe that countries including Singapore, France and Spain have banned e-scooters on pedestrian walkways. A study of more than 100 riders surveyed at an emergency room in Washington, DC, found that nearly three in five were injured while riding on a sidewalk, even in places where it was prohibited.

Swedish operator Voi — which has more than 6 million registered scooter riders across 50 European cities — has partnered with Dublin startup Luna to develop a system of cameras and sensors that can detect what surface a scooter is riding on, as well as the presence of nearby pedestrians.

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