RoSPA partners with Neuron Mobility to drive e-scooter best safety practice
RoSPA has teamed up with electric scooter operator Neuron Mobility on a project that will spearhead best safety practice for the e-scooter market.
With use of e-scooters expected to ramp up fast following the Government’s recent announcement to accelerate e-scooter trials, the two organisations will work together on a rider course that will provide theoretical and practical lessons on how to ride safely on Britain’s roads. It will be designed with Neuron’s e-scooters in mind and will be delivered around the country at key e-scooter hubs in city centres, community parks and on university campuses.
The collaboration builds on existing work by Neuron, said to be the largest e-scooter operator in Australia and New Zealand, to pioneer new safety approaches.
Examples includes an app-controlled helmet lock, which secures a helmet to every e-scooter in between trips, preventing helmets being discarded or stolen, and increasing usage among riders.
Other features include topple detection, which detects if an e-scooter has been left on its side and then alerts an operations team to reposition it safely. Neuron has also developed a 999 emergency button which can tell if someone has had a fall and helps the rider call the emergency services; and voice guidance to educate and warn riders on how to ride safely. A “Follow my Ride” function allows the rider’s friends and family to track an e-scooter trip in real time for added safety and peace of mind.
Neuron has also developed GPS and geofencing technology that allows councils to dictate and control exactly where e-scooters can be ridden and parked, and how fast they can travel in different areas. This technology can be used to create “slow zones”, where the maximum riding speed is automatically reduced, such as around a school or nursery. It can also be used to create “no-go” zones and “no parking” zones, giving councils the power to control the travel of e-scooters through a particular area, and to determine where they are allowed to be left.
The announcement comes as Neuron prepares to launch in multiple cities across the UK.
Zachary Wang, CEO of Neuron Mobility, said: “Neuron and RoSPA share a common goal which is to keep people safe and prevent accidents on the road. We are excited to do our bit in educating a wave of new riders on how to enjoy rental e-scooters in a safe way.”
RoSPA chief executive Errol Taylor also commented: “As the world adapts to life with COVID-19, it is more important than ever to encourage commuters to choose safe, socially-distant, travel options, such as e-scooters. As e-scooter trials roll out in the UK, we are delighted to be partnering with Neuron to educate the public on the safest way to ride.
“Neuron’s core focus on safety and their innovative, world-leading e-scooter makes them an ideal partner for RoSPA, and we look forward to working jointly with them to enable healthy, active lives through good education.”