Source: Bird blog
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Bird, the urban mobility company which provides electric scooters for rental, has unveiled an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system for its Bird Two e-scooters.
According to the company, this is the micromobility industry’s first AEB system. Designed by its in-house team of former aerospace and automotive engineers, the proprietary feature safeguards riders against potential brake failure and ensures they can always bring the vehicle to a stop.
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Bird AEB constantly monitors the vehicle’s mechanical braking systems to detect abnormalities. Brake handle sensors report on their condition in real time, part of an industry-leading diagnostic suite that runs millions of autonomous fault checks per day.
In the event that a braking request by a rider is met with a failed brake, Bird AEB automatically activates advanced motor controls to gently but swiftly bring the rider to a stop.
“Autonomous emergency braking is now the standard in the automobile industry, but this is the first time that active safety technology has been developed for lightweight electric vehicles such as e-scooters,” said Scott Rushforth, Chief Vehicle Officer at Bird. “Bird’s AEB system relies on sensors and advanced fault detection capabilities that can only be found in Bird e-scooters. That’s why it’s so critical that micromobility operators, most of whom still rely on off-the-shelf models, invest the time and resources necessary to design and build their own vehicles.”
A scooter whose AEB system has been engaged will immediately take itself offline, making itself unavailable for further use until a Bird team member has been able to retrieve and repair the vehicle.
This active safety technology is available on all Bird Two e-scooters and the company said will be carried forward into all new scooter models as well.