Ford-owned electric scooter company Spin has come up with a novel technique to combat scofflaw riding and the pathway mess. The electric scooter company has established a collaboration with Drover AI, a startup that deals with IoT, to equip its vehicles with add-ons like cameras, sensors arranged in a specific pattern, and even computers that would be housed on the scooter itself. With these additional tools, Spin hopes to tackle the issues coming in from indisciplined riders who normally flout all road rules and handle those riders who choose to park their scooters randomly on pathways meant for pedestrians to walk.
Spin has developed a unique association with Drover AI, a startup organization, as mentioned above. In New York, the organization has a technology named PathPilot, which would be used by Spin within its upcoming generation’s Insight platform within many cities in the US. By installing additional accessories like cameras and sensors capable of sensing many things around, Spin believes that it would “understand its surroundings in real-time and assist riders in making safe riding decisions” in an enhanced method. The data generated by these cameras and sensors would be shared with cities to impose strict rules on the riders making use of these electric scooters.
Spin would be capable of monitoring the locations where its scooters have taken a ride and accordingly provide all these details to other cities, which would help the city administrations tackle issues related to traffic and bike parking.
Right from coming on board, people who have launched these shared scooters have witnessed much trouble, mainly due to the riders who choose to ride them. While some customers do not follow any safety rules, there are a few other riders who do not even think twice before parking off their scooters anywhere on the pathways that are exclusively meant for pedestrians. Owing to these issues, city governments have been questioning these scooter organizations for the lack of discipline and inaction against these errant riders regarding their usage of shared scooters.
The new sensors made by Drover AI are attached under the handlebars of the scooter. According to Spin, these sensors are “visual, inertial, environmental, and positioning sensors.” All of these sensors would be utilized in bringing about “granular location awareness.” To sum it up, these sensors can be looked upon as an enhanced system developed for assisting the riders, somewhat like the Tesla-based Autopilot. Spin claims that the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) use these sensors to direct the rider to follow the lane discipline and parking rules.
The Spin Insight Level 2 can coordinate these sensors and AI methodologies to regulate the rules and ensure that the scooter rider is following them. That, in turn, would create a lovely riding experience for the drivers, and at the same time, pedestrians also would feel safe when these scooters are on the roads.
Spin hopes that its latest pilot technology would take off quite well in New York, where it plans to implement it. The company is looking to hiring energetic youths, who would all work together to make this a great success. Spin sincerely hopes that this pilot technology would please the New York city’s Department of Transportation.