Dott e-scooter trial supports new road safety improvements research

Posted: 6 December 2021 | | No comments yet

As part of a research trial into improving road safety for micro-mobility users, Dott’s e-scooters were fitted with sensors to monitor rider behaviour.

Dott e-scooter trial supports new road safety improvements research

Credit: Dott

Dott, the European micro-mobility company, has announced that it has successfully completed a trial with cycling technology firm See.Sense to show how its e-scooters can be used to improve road safety for all micro-mobility users. 

A number of Dott’s fleet were fitted with sensors from See.Sense which monitored rider behaviour on the vehicles for a period of 10 weeks. The data collected covered 1,800 rides and a total distance of more than 3,300km, with over 18 million sensor readings recorded in total. Throughout each journey, See.Sense’s monitors detect changes in rider behaviour and help  to better understand the user’s experience on the road. 

The findings reveal areas which experience particularly high levels of braking or swerving and changes in the road surface. These hot spots will be shared with the relevant authorities to suggest improvements in road quality, helping to make the streets safer for all micro-mobility users. Braking and swerving, for example, can happen around uneven and rough road surfaces or potholes, causing a rider to react suddenly. 

Data was also collected to compare surface types, and See.Sense’s data could identify consistent patterns on road, cycle path and footpaths. Understanding when riders are using footpaths could be another indicator of a poor quality road surface. Or it could be down to rider behaviour, allowing Dott to prompt e-learning modules, revise speed limits when the change in surface is detected or further investigate unsafe riding. 

The trial demonstrates how Dott can collaborate with See.Sense, city authorities and transport departments to provide a reliable service to its riders whilst gathering information to improve road safety. 

Maxim Romain, Co-Founder and COO at Dott, said: “Quality infrastructure is key to helping users of micro-mobility to feel safe whilst on the road. The results of this new trial, in partnership with See.Sense, reveal that Dott’s vehicles can do more than provide efficient, reliable and sustainable transport for its riders – they can also deliver valuable learnings to create smart cities which are safer and more pleasant for all residents.”

Following the success of the trial, Dott is exploring implementing the solution more widely across London, as well as into other European cities. 

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