Voi Technology launches the world’s first computer vision pilot on e-scooters

This involves the installation of artificial intelligence technology that can detect when an e-scooter rolls off the road and onto a sidewalk, or when the vehicle is improperly parked.

Voi expects to be actively involved in Ireland when regulations allowing for the safe use of e-scooters and the development of shared scooter schemes are passed later this year.
Voi is already working with Irish micromobility startup Luna, whose technology enables real-time pedestrian detection, similar to the technology found in front-line cars.
The technology could also detect whether an e-scooter is upright and parked on a luggage rack, helping to avoid parking problems.

Today, e-scooters with the new Computer Vision technology toured the streets of Stockholm to show the many possibilities of this technology.
As a result, the safety of e-scooters can be improved, among other things, by avoiding driving on sidewalks.
The technology also offers the possibility to identify problem areas and adapt the infrastructure for micro-mobility. This is done by transmitting data in real time about the use of the vehicles.

The first test begins this week in Northampton in the UK.
Here, Voi has an exclusive license to be part of the UK government’s national e-scooter test, which started last year and runs until spring 2022.

  1. Europe’s leading electric scooter operator Voi launches the first computer vision test for electric scooters in the British city of Northampton

  2. Computer Vision, Developed by Transportation Startup Luna, Helps Drivers Stay Off the Curb

  3. The technology monitors where e-scooters can be parked to the nearest centimeter

  4. Data from 100 cameras on e-scooters in Northampton will help improve algorithm

  5. In the long term, it will be possible to map road conditions, manage traffic and monitor travel to develop smarter cities.

Two-stage trial

Voi will initially install cameras on a small number of e-scooters in Northampton for a two-stage test.
In the first phase, the small camera collects visual information in real time about the environment in which the e-scooter is driving and detects pedestrians on the path of the e-step.
The technology can also detect the surface the e-scooter is traveling on, such as a bike lane or a path, and adjust the speed of the scooter accordingly.
This data will be used to train and improve the algorithm so that computer vision technology improves over time.

In the second phase of the test, approximately 100 cameras will be installed on the rented scooters.
Cameras help ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians by highlighting the rules that drivers must follow.
At this stage, the camera will beep when the driver veers off the road to warn him that he is driving in an area where electric scooters are prohibited.
It would also be possible to automatically reduce the speed of the scooters when the scooter or the road surface changes, or when the sensor detects nearby pedestrians.

The pilot data will be shared with the municipality, so that it can keep a detailed record of how and where the electronic steps are used.
In this way, Voi can correct incorrect behavior and the city obtains data-driven information on the use of electronic crossings and interaction with other modes of transport and pedestrians.
Luna hopes to be able to integrate its camera and technology into the handlebars of available e-scooters by 2022.

Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder and CEO of Voi Technology, said: “With Computer Vision, e-scooters can be trained to see and recognize risky situations, so to speak.
This world premiere will set new safety standards for this new form of transportation. We have helped cyclists on more than 60 million trips across Europe.
So we understand very well what the safety of electric scooters entails and we are always looking for ways to make it better.
We are very proud to be the first electric scooter operator to integrate Computer Vision technology for the benefit of our drivers, pedestrians and governments, and as we look forward to expanding our award-winning fleet to Ireland, we are delighted to be working with Luna already. team in this important pilot. ”

Andrew Fleury, Co-Founder and CEO of Luna, said: “With this pilot our goal is to demonstrate how electric scooters equipped with computer vision can make a verifiable difference in compliance and driver behavior in cities.
Cities also need large amounts of data to improve the way they manage traffic and pedestrian flows in cities.
Luna technology is a great way to capture that data and learn from it.
Better knowledge of street data will help both operators and cities better manage their fleets and avoid problems between matches. ”

Better compliance with e-step rules

Voi will use Luna technology to improve compliance with the e-step rules.
For example, the parking algorithm can indicate whether a scooter has been correctly positioned on a “virtual dock” by a scooter logo or another visual cue that technology has learned to detect.
By using the camera as a sensor, Luna can help operators and cities determine and monitor how and where scooters are driven.
The sensor can also help to park e-scooters very precisely, something that standard GPS technology cannot match.

Voi wants to ensure that every e-scooter trip is safe through innovation. By working together with Luna, Voi can keep track of where and how scooters are being driven.
Cities are expected to use the data not only to understand unsafe driving, but also to identify where infrastructure improvements in public spaces can help e-scooters and other road users.
The data generated by the test can be used to develop smart city applications in the future, assess road conditions, and flag traffic congestion.

By collaborating with municipalities and companies like Luna, Voi wants to allow people to leave their car and move around the city in a safer and more sustainable way.
Luna’s technology will give governments in Europe confidence that they can exercise greater control over rented e-scooters, which provide a new carbon-neutral and safe distance solution for urban travel.

Voi has been active for three years and is currently the largest e-step operator in Europe, located in more than 60 cities.
The company recently published its first annual safety report, the first of its kind from a micro-mobility company, as part of its Vision Zero initiative, in which Voi aims to prevent all fatal accidents.

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