Researchers at the University of Salford in the U.K., the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and a micromobility company based out of Amsterdam are working on creating a standardized sound for electric scooters across all of Europe. Electric scooters are largely responsibly for the surge in interest in the micromobility world. That being said, this makes for a lot of first time e-scooter riders. While relatively easy to learn, it does take a bit of practice to get comfortable riding one. Which is exactly why the researchers mentioned above thought it prudent to create a universal sound, similar to a car horn, for electric scooters.
Safety takes priority. It is up to everyone riders, pedestrians, and motorists to adapt to the changing landscape of their everyday commutes. The researchers end goal creating something louder than a small bell without adding necessary noise pollution as well as assisting people with vision impairment disabilities so they have a better understanding of what is around them. It is the hope of the organizations that this expands outside of Europe and eventually goes worldwide to promote electric scooter safety for all. Tests are currently being run utilizing simulated environments and VR technology in order to find the best sounds that can be used for the e-scooter riders of tomorrow.
GOTRAX is constantly taking steps to ensure the safety of its riders. Offering affordable protective gear, bright LED headlights+taillights, and dual braking are just a few of the options available to potential riders. We always stress that it is paramount to wear a helmet during your rides at a minimum to prevent injury in case of an accident. Please remember to ride responsibly whenever you head out on your electric scooter or e-bike!
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