Segway Unveils New AI-Powered Scooter at Micromobility Europe
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At the recent Micromobility Europe (MME) 2022 trade show in the Netherlands, LEVA-EU Member Segway unveiled its latest model of artificial intelligence (AI) – powered e-scooter.
Introduced for the first time at MME 2022, the S90L is an e-scooter that combines a full spectrum of AI technologies, all enhanced and working in tandem. Superior safety and sustainability in shared vehicles are increasingly demanded by regulators and fleet operators, and manufacturers have traditionally relied on third-party solutions for features such as lane detection and parking detection. However, Segway’s S90L is setting a precedence in the industry; it’s the first time that all AI technologies – from intelligent sensors to algorithms – are designed and developed through one integrated platform, namely the Segway Pilot.
Segway Pilot is powered by Qualcomm’s latest AI technologies and Segway’s own capabilities in computer vision and deep learning. The system autonomously senses and detects diverse elements in an urban setting, for example pavements, parking opportunities and pedestrian mass. Safeguarding privacy is simultaneously kept, by blurring facial characteristics at the time of image capture. Through visual and voice prompts, the S90L and other vehicles equipped with Segway Pilot provide real-time guidance and assistance to riders. This fundamentally improves safety. Segway Pilot monitors various parking environments for operators and encourages responsible parking behavior from riders.
In charge of general management of AI and Robotics R&D of Segway-Ninebot is Yusen Qin, who comments, “We are proud of Segway Pilot’s capabilities in semi-autonomous driving. AI is accelerating how shared micromobility adapts to evolving urban environments and regulatory requirements, and Segway is looking forward to working with partners in delivering innovative solutions through an open platform”.
In addition to the S90L, Segway has showcased its full roster of shared electronic vehicles in Amsterdam. This includes e-bikes and e-mopeds, each powered by unique smart features, ranging from electric wheel locks to automatic helmet detection. Many of the models are already powering shared micromobility leaders such as Lyft, Tier and Helbiz.
Alan Zhao, General Manager of Commercial Mobility Business Division, Segway-Ninebot, comments that shared micromobility is embarking on another growth period in the post-pandemic world, “People around the globe are more conscientious than ever about the need for green transportation, and Segway is well-positioned to help the shared micromobility industry meet these new demands”.
Despite global supply chain disruptions, Segway celebrated the production of its ten-millionth e-scooter earlier this year, a remarkable milestone. In addition, it has promoted “the Dawn of AI and Micromobility” theme at MME 2022. The company champions the idea of “AIOT” – the blending of AI and IoT (internet of things) in not only shared electric vehicles, but also its software and hardware integration as an open platforms.