E-scooters that shut down while pavement are approved for use in the UK
- American-designed e-scooters cut off power when entering restricted areas
- Mapping data is downloaded directly to the scooter, so it does not use GPS
- It takes up to 30 seconds to deactivate existing e-scooters in the UK
New electric scooters that automatically shut down after mounting the sidewalk have been approved for use in Britain. American-designed e-scooters use sensors to cut off power when entering restricted areas such as sidewalks and shopping centers.
They are leaving any road, cycle lane or private land where the devices are legally allowed
This is thanks to the data mapping downloaded directly to the scooter, meaning it doesn’t have to use GPS.
Current e-scooters in the UK take up to 30 seconds to deactivate when entering restricted areas
It is hoped that the new devices from the US company Link will control anti-social behavior related to UK scooters.
Electric scooters on roads, cycle lanes or private lands where devices have been disabled within one second of leaving legally allowed (file photo)
UN trials have become controversial, with Coventry suspending its project after road users used scooters on sidewalks and in shopping centers.
The link is bidding to rent their scooters through two schemes, one in London and one covering Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.
The one-second shutdown has been billed as the fastest of its kind, as it is understood that current e-scooters in the UK take up to 30 seconds to deactivate entry into restricted areas.
The link, established by urban transportation experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says scooters stop in a controlled way and immediately alert drivers of errors.
There are also measures to ensure that they do not close unsafely in the middle of a junction.
Despite public reaction, in July, the government approved limited legalization of e-scooters.
The new law mandates that all e-scooters on the roads must meet design standards from licensed rental companies.
Scooters are also limited to 15.5 miles per hour and can only be used on low-speed roads and bike lanes while being prohibited on sidewalks and other pedestrian areas.
Trials have begun for conventional e-scooters in several places, including Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Coventry and Northampton.
Scooters are also limited to 15.5 miles per hour and can only be used on low-speed roads and bike lanes when they are prohibited on sidewalks and other pedestrian areas (file file)
However, Coventry suspended its rental project last month after low-income riders used scooters on sidewalks and in shopping centers.
Two teenagers in Middlesbrough have already been seen using an e-scooter on a 70mph A19.
A shopping center in the area had put up warning signs after shoppers claimed terrorists by past jeep drivers.
Members of the Commons Transport Committee last week called on the government to legalize e-scooters across the country.
However, they agreed that law enforcement needs to take action to ‘remove’ anti-social behavior.
Current e-scooters use ‘geofencing’ technology to prevent users from moving in unauthorized areas, but it is claimed that these can take up to 30 seconds.
This is because the scooter must send GPS data to a central cloud system that then calculates the location and sends a command to the scooter.
The link claims that all data is loaded directly onto the scooter beyond its technology accounts and deadlines for local GPS retrieval.