Neuron Mobility to trial e-scooters in Newcastle next year
Following Government legislation earlier this year e-scooter trials are underway in cities across the UK. The latest city to sign up is Newcastle who have signed a deal with Neuron Mobility to being a 12 month trial in early 2021, subject to Government approval.
The Singapore company, largely known for its operations in Australia and New Zealand, will deploy 250 e-scooters to the streets of Newcastle. This is the second UK location for Neuron having already launched in Slough in October 2020.
The distinctive orange scooters are GPS enabled allowing Newcastle City Council to use Geofencing technology to limit where the scooters can be used and how fast they can travel in different areas of the city.
As part of the deal Neuron will have a dedicated safety team on the streets to help out. This includes disinfecting e-scooters and helmets, moving the e-scooters to where they are needed and assisting new riders with getting started and offering safety tips.
The e-scooters also feature a whole raft of safety features. Among these is Helmet Lock, an app-controlled feature that secures the helmet to the e-scooter unlocking when the booking starts. The e-scooters also feature voice guidance, a follow my ride feature allowing friends and family to track the journey, and a 999 emergency button should the worst happen.
In a bid to respond to issues with cities being littered with abandoned e-scooters the company has employed topple detection technology that will alert Neuron’s operations team to any e-scooters that need rescuing.
Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Neuron to develop our proposals for an e-scooter trial in Newcastle. Reducing transport-related carbon emissions and air pollution is an urgent priority and this trial would help us to understand what role e-scooters could play in helping us to achieve this. We know that e-scooters must be safe and used responsibly, and therefore there are strict requirements on both the operator and on those using them to ensure that high standards of health and safety are met.”
Zachary Wang, CEO of Neuron Mobility, said: “We are delighted to partner with Newcastle City Council to launch their first e-scooter trial. Newcastle is an incredibly vibrant and forward-thinking city and it was recently highlighted as the UK city most prepared for an e-scooter revolution – it is very exciting. Safety is our top priority, it dictates our e-scooter design and also the way we operate them. Our e-scooters are packed with cutting-edge safety features and our safety course and riding guidelines have been co-developed with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK’s leading accident prevention charity.”