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These shared electric scooters will whistle and turn off by themselves if you drive on the sidewalk: they will start operating in Madrid from 2022

The urban mobility company Bird is going to include a new function in its electric scooters that operate in Madrid to notify its users, first of all, and prevent them, if they do not rectify it, from circulating through prohibited areas, such as sidewalks or pedestrian sections, as reported by both Bird and U-Blox, in charge of developing the tracking system, in separate press releases. The company explains that it will test this tool in the capital of Spain from 2022, after putting it into operation in two cities in the United States, Milwaukee and San Diego.

The function that Bird will include in its scooters is based on a high precision GPS system and sensors called ‘Smart Sidewalk Protection’, which will detect if the vehicle leaves the road. At first, the tool will cause the scooter itself to emit audible alerts when driving in prohibited areas and will send the user notifications to the phone through the application with which the service is accessed. If these warnings are ignored, the vehicle will begin to slow down to a complete stop and shutdown..

The current traffic legislation establishes that electric scooters they are prohibited from driving on sidewalks, as well as by interurban roads, crossings, highways, highways or urban tunnels, according to the General Directorate of Traffic. Likewise, these vehicles are forbidden to cycle at more than 25 kilometers per hour.

The electric scooter company Link, which also operates in Madrid, among other cities in Spain, launched a similar function last September, although in its case the system tracked more variants than the simple precise location to send the alerts– Using data analysis and tracking technology, you can detect if the vehicle is driving in the wrong direction, sharp turns, rapid braking or driving on the sidewalk.

A crawl that posed certain questions about privacy and personal use of the vehicle, as we have in Engadget, since so far few mobility companies have interfered so much in the use of their product.

Bird’s tool also includes technology capable of detecting, for example, the speed or direction in which the scooter is traveling.But the company has only specified that it will use its system to prevent users from using their vehicles on the sidewalk.

Bird’s system

Bird has explained that this new function is composed of a high-precision navigation module that merges data from sensors and the global satellite navigation system (GNSS) and provides location information to the centimeter in any condition.

The aforementioned module is a dual-band multi-constellation GNSS receiver that supports up to eight times more types of satellite signals and four times more constellations (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou) than standard solutions. The module processes vehicle data in real time, including wheel speed, acceleration, spatial orientation, and real-time kinematic data correcting for ionospheric interference.