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Bolt deploys Drover AI tech to prevent e-scooter collisions on pavements

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Drover AI’s PathPilot technology is being deployed on the shared operator Bolt’s e-scooters to help prevent e-scooter collisions on pavements.

PathPilot consists of a video camera attached to the front of the e-scooter. An AI system assesses the video feed in real-time to determine whether an e-scooter is being ridden on a pavement, street or bike lane. 

When PathPilot detects pavement riding it provides audible alerts to encourage users to move off the pavement as well as automated speed control.  

“We want to raise the bar for scooter safety across the industry,” Bolt’s Head of Licensing Welmoed Neijmeijer told Zag Daily. 

“While our technical expertise allows us to develop safety solutions in-house, partnerships with innovative companies like Drover allow us to deliver the highest quality of safety expected by our users and the cities in which we operate. All the tests of the feature which were run on our fleet confirm that PathPilot is 95% accurate in determining whether the scooter is being ridden on the road, the pavement or on cycling infrastructure. This is an important result confirming that together with Drover, Bolt is able to tackle the sidewalk riding issue.”

Bolt is not the first operator to partner with Drover AI. Its technology has been deployed with Spin (now owned by Tier) in the US on more than 2,500 units for 12+ months across multiple markets. The firm also works with Voi, Beam and Fenix.

“Drover is thrilled to be able to support Bolt with our industry-leading technology in their continued efforts to deliver a comprehensive solution to rider and pedestrian safety,” Drover AI’s Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer Alex Nesic told Zag.

“We continue to see increased demand from European cities for safer and more responsible deployment of shared micromobility, and policy makers understand that Drover technology is uniquely positioned to help them proactively manage deployments and greatly mitigate the negative outcomes for all stakeholders.” 

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