In an effort to limit the dangerous driving of electric scooters, Sweden’s Voi has teamed up with artificial intelligence start-up Drover AI.
Drover AI is an American start-up that builds artificial intelligence tools for micromobility providers, like Voi.
Its computer vision technology, PathPilot, detects the surface on which an electric scooter is traveling to try to prevent dangerous driving. It also works with US competitor Spin, which was acquired by Tier last month.
Scooter companies have touted geo-fencing – where scooters will slow down or stop if they enter certain areas – as their way to solve unsafe parking or dumping of vehicles or users traveling on sidewalks and the like dangerous places.
Erratic driving and parking have been regularly criticized by e-scooter rental companies.
Drover said it can help more accurately detect where an electric scooter is moving, based on the surface, whether it’s a road, bike path, trail, etc.
Voi will deploy the technology in Oslo, which will collect data on how its scooters are used around the city – data that can then be shared with the city council for program oversight.
Voi likens the technology to sensors in self-driving vehicles, with PathPilot slowing a vehicle once it detects the electric scooter is in a place where it shouldn’t be, such as a trail.
According to Voi, this is the “first large-scale deployment” of computer vision on e-scooters in Europe with thousands of e-scooters in Oslo to be fitted with PathPilot. The technology was tested in a UK city last year.
“Voi’s vision for 2030 is for micromobility to become an essential part of urban life around the world. But we know that this vision can only become a reality if the micromobility industry prioritizes the safety of users, pedestrians and other road users,” said the CEO of Voi. said Fredrik Hjelm.
“That’s why we’re working with Drover to solve the problem of on-road driving once and for all. By integrating AI into our micromobility offering, we believe we can inspire riders to adopt better parking practices and driving.”
The partnership with Drover AI comes after Voi recently released its latest electric scooter model, Voiager 5.