MIT spins off a better ride share scooter

Superpedestrian hopes to help solve the problems with a system of embedded computers and proprietary software that controls batteries, motor, data encryption, communication, as well as decision-making. With this platform, the new scooters instantly detect hundreds of events that can cause malfunction, triage each issue without intervention, and determine the appropriate response to prevent the issue from causing damage to the vehicle or rider.

Some of the common issues that plague the scooter sharing industry, horrifyingly, include battery fires, which can result from water penetration, cut internal wires, and battery cell temperature imbalances. Superpedestrian’s system is designed to detect short circuits throughout the vehicle and electronically disconnect the battery before damage progresses.