Voi Technology, Europe’s leading micromobility provider, today announces its partnering with Provizio, a leading accident-prevention technology company. This partnership will see the deployment and testing of cutting-edge sensor and AI technology, in order to prevent e-scooter accidents in real-time.
Voi, which hopes to operate in Ireland following the announcement of regulations allowing for the legal and safe use of e-scooters and the procurement for shared e-scooter schemes, is partnering with Provizio to adapt its 5D Perception® Platform to deliver an industry-leading real-time onboard e-scooter safety system.
5D Perception® – a five-dimensional system of safety
The technology developed by Provizio for the motor industry utilises a five-dimensional perception system that can continually see, track and interpret vehicular behaviour and identify roadway elements. Provizio’s newest research instrument will be tested on Voi’s e-scooters and will use the cutting-edge 5D Perception® Platform to identify other vehicles up to 200m away and pedestrians up to 60m away – helping to perceive, predict and prevent potential accidents in real-time.
Artificial intelligence is central to the system, Provizio uses machine-learning algorithms and a suite of in-build and high-end 5D radar and vision sensors. This technology continuously learns and processes the environment around and in front of the vehicle more than 20 times per second utilising its onboard GPU, in order to identify potential hazards with unprecedented accuracy and speed.
The system is capable of achieving this feat in all weather conditions, making it suitable for Voi’s markets across Europe, such as the temperate weather of the UK, Sweden’s colder climate as well as the Mediterranean temperatures of Italy.
Provizio’s Goal / Voi’s Vision Zero 2030
This partnership has one goal in mind, to prevent accidents and keep riders and other road users safe across Europe. 94% of accidents are caused by human error, errors current accident prevention systems cannot stop, Provizio’s aims to eradicate these accidents.
While in-app messaging, in-person safety events and the RideLikeVolia online safety school remain central to Voi educating riders on safety, the company is committed to using technological innovation whenever possible to underpin its service in order to achieve its goal of Vision Zero.
By the end of this decade, Voi is determined to eliminate all severe injuries and fatalities connected to its service. Voi’s vision has seen the company publish its first safety report as part of its commitment to safety in order to increase transparency and foster a dialogue on how shared micromobility can make cities safer.
Barry Lunn, CEO & Founder of Provizio said:
“From the outset Provizio has committed to ensuring our perception technology would protect more vulnerable road users along with drivers. This partnership is another step towards our goal of making mobility safer for all travellers in a mixed mobility future. Voi shares our values in this regard and we are looking forward to helping them deliver the safest micromobility experience possible for their riders”.
Sam Pooke, Senior Policy Manager for Voi UK and Ireland, said:
“Safety must be at the heart of micromobility in Ireland. By partnering with Provizio, Voi continues its dedication to empowering people to leave their cars behind and move around their city in a safer, more sustainable way. Crucial to driving a systematic shift in how we travel is through using a mix of education and innovative technology, as well as refining operations on the ground, to achieve our Vision Zero target. Not all journeys will be the same as the previous one; however, working in collaboration with Provizio not only supports the notion that every e-scooter rider must act responsibly, but every journey must end safely.”
Working in collaboration with Provizio, a Voi e-scooter will be fitted with APT in order to develop the system over the next three months at the Future Mobility Campus Ireland, the innovative facility which allows companies to test technology in a real-world environment.
The technology will give authorities across Europe the confidence that they can have greater control over rental e-scooters, which provide a new carbon-neutral urban mode of transport and ensure micromobility is at the forefront of changing the way people get around.