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Luna to pilot cm-level positioning for e-scooters in Dublin

The new technology could help micromobility providers better manage their fleets and therefore reduce the disruption and conflict seen in some cities.

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Blue Duck, a San Antonio-based electric scooter operator, is partnering with the Luna consortium and Dublin City University to trial centimetre-level GPS technology.

 

The pilot project will take place on Dublin City University’s private campus.

 

Luna is a telematic device which aims to enable scooter operators to pinpoint the location of their scooters with an accuracy of five centimetres. Current GPS technology’s accuracy is measured in metres.

 

Data

 

The new technology could help micromobility providers better manage their fleets and therefore reduce the disruption and conflict seen in some cities related to safety, street clutter, etc. The pilot project aims to provide data to inform Irish and global policy on e-scooter usage.

 

"That level of precision would allow us to locate our scooters more efficiently and would lead to stricter compliance with geofencing requirements."

 

Michael Keane, CEO, Blue Duck, said: “We were excited to learn about Luna’s centimetre-level GPS technology when it was announced two months ago. That level of precision would allow us to locate our scooters more efficiently and would lead to stricter compliance with geofencing requirements. A successful outcome of this pilot test could lead to significant enhancements to our ability to manage our fleets responsibly while providing exceptional service to our partners and riders.”

 

Currently, electric scooters are prohibited from public roads in Ireland but a recent bill to amend the Irish Road Traffic Act 1961 to regulate the use of electric scooters indicates a potential shift in the future. Blue Duck is the first electric scooter company to enter an agreement to operate in the country.

 

Policy

 

“We are delighted to have already found a pilot partner, particularly one which is so focused on fleet management,” said Andrew Fleury, CEO, Luna .

 

“Our partnership with Blue Duck will generate invaluable data which aims to inform policy here in Ireland and once commercially launched, will hopefully pave a path towards the adoption of this form of technology.”

 

Luna is a consortium of European companies specialising in fleet management solutions, sensor-to-cloud technologies and connected mobility analytics. These include Transpoco and Taoglas.

 

"Luna’s trial with an international player like Blue Duck, is a great example of the calibre of groundbreaking mobility solutions that are being rolled out in Dublin."

 

Jamie Cudden, Smart City lead for Dublin City Council, said: “Luna’s trial with an international player like Blue Duck, is a great example of the calibre of groundbreaking mobility solutions that are being rolled out in Dublin.

 

“We’re also looking forward to see how the data gleaned from the pilot could potentially enable informed conversations around micromobility and how it could be integrated into the city’s transport system in due course".

 

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