Lime to equip Brussels’ e-scooters with ‘drunk-detection’
Six months after their introduction in Brussels, Lime‘s free-floating electric scooters have become popular. The Californian company is thinking about introducing a drunk-rider detection system to slow down the scooter and protect pedestrians and other road users.
“What our users enjoy, is the flexibility that this means of transport offers and the huge availability of e-scooters in every crucial part of the city. Since the launch, there’s been a continuous and safe service, despite the weather”, declares Lime Benelux General Manager, Benjamin Barnathan.
Yet, despite a clean-sheet in term of service, Lime, like many other free-floating shared scooters companies, is experiencing some difficulties in terms of safety. Specifically, about the behaviour of their users. Paris has already decided to regulate their use.
In Belgium, the most accident-prone time for e-scooter riders and pedestrians comes when the bars close. Many choose the scooter over walking. When drunk, this can have dramatic consequences.
Detection system for safety
Of course, the ideal plan for Lime would be to install alcohol-testing devices on its entire fleet of scooters. But the cost would be monumental.
“I think there are better ways to do it. Our scooters are all equipped with sensors that can detect whether the rider goes in a straight line or teeters. We can warn him first. But we can even slow him/her down. We’re still working on it”, declares Lime Co-founder and Executive President, Brad Bao.
The company’s plan is to reduce the speed at which the scooter drives, thus reducing the risk of injuries in case of a collision or a fall. In normal use, e-scooters used by Lime can reach speeds of up to 24 kph and have a range of about 20 km.