Over the last several years, major U.S. cities have launched and expanded E-scooter fleets. In fact, there were over 85,000 scooters in service in more than 100 cities around the country by the end of 2018, totaling 38 million-plus trips. With so many scooters on city streets, we must develop an understanding of potential new safety concerns between scooters and vehicles.
In 2018, there were approximately 14,600 e-scooter injury accidents in the U.S., up from just 4,500 in 2014. What potential safety issues exist between e-scooters and cars, while sharing pavement with one another, and what can we do to minimize risks?
What We Did
To propose countermeasures to e-scooter and vehicle accidents, we first need to outline and quantify the necessary safety scenarios. As such, we have based our studies around the following:
- Development and evaluation of effective e-scooter and vehicle-based data collection systems.
- Development of algorithms for accurate scenario reconstruction.
- Development of data analysis algorithms to examine naturalistic driving data, including real-world video clips of e-scooter and vehicle crashes.
Research to develop crash models and countermeasures is currently ongoing.
This project is in collaboration with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).