IoT Sensors and Machine Learning Can Make E-Scooters Safer
Sat, April 10, 2021

IoT Sensors and Machine Learning Can Make E-Scooters Safer

Mojiro will utilize IoT and machine learning to make e-scooters safer. /Photo Credit: SFIO CRACHO (via Shutterstock)


Electric scooters from popular brands like Bird, Lime, Spin, Lyft, and Uber are becoming more common in America, according to Macy Bayern of TechRepublic, an online trade publication. What made scooters successful in the country? According to the report "Micormobiity Potential In the US, UK, and Germany," scooters help reduce traffic congestion and provide people with a more efficient and cost-effective means of travel, as reported by analytics company INRIX. 

However, since late 2017, scooters have been responsible for at least 1,500 injuries and eight fatalities of American riders. Scooter accidents occur due to the rider falling off, being hit by another vehicle, or scootering into another scooter, object, or pedestrian. Alan Messer, CTO of connected car platform Mojiro, said technology might help make scooter rides safer. 

Mojiro has gathered more than seven billion miles of driving data from more than 500 million trips, integrating connected technology into automobiles. Messer noted that “some of the same technology” could be transferred to scooters. “Having a few things on [the scooter] like GPS and an accelerometer could tell a lot about a scooter, in the same way that we can tell a lot about a car,” Messer explained. 

The company can use machine learning to analyze the habits of riders, alert them of dangerous habits, or alter their own machines to produce safer conditions if the scooters come bundled with cellular, GPS, and accelerator technology. This particular technology is common in the automobile industry. Messer forecasted that scooter companies will start to integrate IoT sensors and machine learning on their scooters. 

On the other hand, riders will take a look at the app and see how far they went, if they did something dangerous, how fast they drove, as well as tips for a safer ride. This is already a work in progress, but Mojiro has yet to deploy the connected devices. Even if scooters cause injuries to riders, they are still advantageous. Messer noted, “Being able to keep people off the road and using more efficient transport is always good.”