Superpedestrian unlocks e-scooter safety breakthrough for Pedestrian Defense
The company’s new system, enabled by the acquisition of Navmatic and its Super Fusion technology, can detect and correct sidewalk riding and other unsafe rider behaviors.
Superpedestrian, the Cambridge, MA-based MIT spin-off engineering firm behind the LINK shared e-scooter, this week unveiled a breakthrough active safety system called Pedestrian Defense. The system not only detects unsafe behaviors like riding on sidewalks but also stops them in real-time to prevent serious injuries. The Pedestrian Defense capabilities promise to resolve significant challenges for the micromobility industry that have led many cities to restrict, sanction, and even ban shared e-scooters.
The safety breakthrough is made possible through the company’s acquisition of micromobility-safety startup Navmatic in June and the application of its patented Super Fusion technology, which combines multiple sources of real-time vehicle dynamics data to yield the most accurate, practical, and reliable fleet positioning and vehicle control available.
Technology for riders, pedestrians, policymakers
By integrating Navmatic’s Super Fusion technology into Superpedestrian’s existing Vehicle Intelligence (VI) platform, Pedestrian Defense ensures that unsafe behaviors like sidewalk riding, wrong-way riding, aggressive sw
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