E-Scooter trial launch at DCU a ‘world first’

Submitted on Friday, 23/07/2021

Ireland’s first major e-scooter trial has launched today (20 July) across the five campuses of Dublin City University (DCU).

The project, which was announced in April, is collaboration between Tier, an e-scooter operator; Luna, an Irish micromobility tech company and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics; and SmartDCU, a division of Dublin City Council’s Smart Dublin initiative.

The trial, which will run until early 2022, will see the roll-out of 30 Tier e-scooters equipped with Luna’s computer vision and AI technology. This tech aims to improve safety for e-scooter users and pedestrians, letting operators know where the vehicles are and how they are being parked and ridden.

The trial partners are calling it “a world-first academic-industry research project” focused on computer vision in e-scooters, but earlier this month Luna also began a commercial pilot of its technology with Voi in the UK.

Read all about it in Silicon Republic