Lime is trying to keep the rebuke riders from riding on the sidewalk by sending them push notifications
Lime is trying to urge passengers to stop using electronic scooters on the sidewalk by sending them notifications when they break the rules
- Lime will send passengers who use scooters on sidewalk notifications
- The sensors judge the vibrations and the speed to determine on which surface a pilot is
- The company says it can judge the handling surface with 95 percent accuracy
- Lime can also send a map of where it deviated from the course in the future
Lime wants to clear her e-scooter’s reputation of being a pedestrian’s nightmare imploring passengers to take their sidewalk excursions.
This week, the company launched a pilot program in San Jose, California, that uses on-board sensors to detect when a cyclist is using the scooter on the sidewalk and then sends a push notification to their phone asking them to stop.
“We started developing sidewalk detection more than a year ago as a commitment to the safety of the communities we are quickly part of,” said Nick Shapiro, Head of Trust and Security at Lime, in a statement.
“We know that micromobility can only be successful if cyclists and communities feel safe, and in Lime, we are dedicated to promoting safety for all.”
On the left is an image that shows how Lime can send passengers a map of where they deviated from the course. On the right is a sample notification of how Lime will urge passengers to travel on the street
Lime says he will use a mix of on-board accelerometer data and even sensors that will judge the vibrations caused by any surface on which the scooter is mounted to determine if a cyclist is taking a prohibited route.
That data is then processed by a ‘sophisticated’ artificial intelligence that, according to the company, can detect on which surface a pilot is with 95 percent accuracy.
Lime says it will only reach users who spent 50 percent more of their trip on the sidewalk and in the future will send passengers a map of exactly where they rode their scooter out of bounds.
The company’s decision to introduce such technology in its increasingly popular brand of e-scooters follows a growing reaction against the presence of the startup in major metropolitan centers.
Urbanites hate lime scooters who complain that drivers often drive dangerously on sidewalks, reaching up to 16 mph.
Those negative feelings manifested on social networks in 2018 with viral images of people throwing electronic scooters, including those manufactured by Lime, in trash cans and in swimming pools.
Last year, electric scooters were also scrutinized by municipalities across the country after serious injuries involving some passengers who flew over the handlebars were reported.
In Australia, some doctors warned against the use of one of the scooters last year.
President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Trauma Committee, Dr. John Crozier, even called for legislation that limits vehicles.
“We also urge that the safety of pedestrians and other road users be considered in any future decision regarding the use of scooters, as we have seen that injuries are not isolated only from scooter users,” said the year. past.
Los Angeles County residents destroyed the electric scooters provided by the Bird and Lyft companies in 2018
“It’s great to see Lime respond to our call to action, adopting sidewalk detection technology for passengers,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
“This innovative approach improves the micro-mobility of San José and pushes the entire industry to make it safer for scooters and pedestrians to share our streets evenly.”
Without the faith of regulators and the communities in which Lime operates, the company may have difficulty correcting its course. This month, Lime laid off 14 percent of his workforce.