Micromobility Lime launches geofencing safety information technology
Lime has launched a new zone detection technology that rapidly informs riders of safety information concerning their current geographical location.
That GPS technology is central to e-scooter companies is nothing new. After all, how would anyone know where the nearest free scooter was located if it wasn't supplied with a precise GPS. Data from e-scooter's GPS can also help cities to detect their popular routes and better understand where bike lanes are needed.
The applications of GPS for e-scooter companies are many. For example, Lime uses GPS to create geofenced areas or 'zones,' allowing the company to set specific rules based on the location of a scooter. Practical examples of such rules are speed limits on busy corridors or creating designating scooter parking areas.
Geofencing and Zone Detection
In late March, Lime introduced a patent-pending zone detection technology globally that will improve the company's precision when it comes to further encouraging more responsible rider behavior and enforcing local regulations, like speed limits and parking practices. This new technology will allow scooters to react and implement geofence zone commands up to 90 percent faster.
Lime's users can now see ride zones in the Lime app as shaded areas outlined in red on the map. By tapping on a zone, the rules associated with the zone will be displayed.
The following are the types of zones used in cities around the world:
- No Locking Zones: Riders cannot end or pause a ride in this zone. Locking is disabled
- Low Speed Zones: The scooter's top speed is restricted in this zone and riders can tap on the zone to see the top speed
- No Scooter Zones: Riders cannot ride in this zone. The vehicle will safely stop and locking will be disabled. Riders must walk the scooter out of this zone to resume riding
- No Parking Zones: Riders cannot park their scooter in this zone. Riders should confirm that their vehicle is not in a 'No Parking Zone' to avoid potential fines.
New data storage techniques to improve user-safety and satisfaction
In the past, Lime's geofenced zones Lime have been stored in the company's servers. Communicating back and forth to the server has sometimes been slow, confusing riders after entering or exiting a zone. Now, with the new technology, the scooter itself will host all the zone maps, removing the need to go back and forth to the server as often. With this improvement, the scooter will reportedly be able to tell if it's within a zone perimeter as frequently as every second.
This innovation comes at the heel of Lime's sidewalk detection launch earlier this year. The pilot program in San José uses artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to detect and reduce e-scooter sidewalk riding and better inform cities on infrastructure needs.