Detection technology could help keep e-scooters off sidewalks

Among the technologies being tested is a system developed by the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that powers off a scooter when it is ridden on a sidewalk.

If embraced, such technology could ease growing conflicts over sidewalk use that have overwhelmed cities since e-scooters arrived more than two years ago, transportation and industry leaders say…

Some companies have been experimenting with technology such as GPS, sensors, Bluetooth beacons, onboard cameras and artificial intelligence, though none of the approaches has been fully incorporated into the services. Testing and deployment of the technologies would take time to prove their effectiveness, the companies say.

It also could require significant investments in scooter upgrades, though some industry experts say early prototypes indicate the cost would not be prohibitive.