Electric bikes and scooters may offer smart cities a way to reduce traffic congestion inside urban sprawl as well as reduce carbon emissions that impact climate change.
Tech company Calamp is teaming with scooter maker Ojo Electric LLC to expand the use of electric scooters in cities with a new on-demand ride-sharing service.
The launch of the Ojo service will take place the week of Jan. 21 in Austin, Texas, and the companies plan to eventually roll out into other urban areas across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Calamp will use its telematics technology and wireless cloud platform to support the launch of the e-scooter sharing service by providing real-time location, geo-fencing, mileage, battery usage and other diagnostics for the deployment.
The company said it will work with local municipalities to make the e-scooters safe for riders, drivers and pedestrians with speed reduction alerts and fleet management capabilities. The telematics technology will help in heavily congested areas or around special events to help alleviate traffic volume. The geo-fencing capability will allow for drop-off areas with penalties for misuse and rewards for riders who comply.
"City governments play a huge role in determining who the winners and losers will be in the race for the future of micro-mobility," said Max Smith, CEO of Ojo Electric. "Our goal is to further bridge the gap between tech and transport, and treat each individual city as a partner, not a playground. We're cooperating with cities to provide a transit solution that reduces urban litter, keeps citizens safe on the roads and reduces traffic congestion."
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