Over the last several years, major U.S. cities have launched and expanded E-scooter fleets. In fact, there were over 85,000 scooters in service in more than 100 cities around the country by the end of 2018, totaling 38 million-plus trips. With so many scooters on city streets, we must develop an understanding of potential new safety concerns between scooters and vehicles.
In 2018, there were approximately 14,600 e-scooter injury accidents in the U.S., up from just 4,500 in 2014. What potential safety issues exist between e-scooters and cars, while sharing pavement with one another, and what can we do to minimize risks?
Research to develop crash models and countermeasures is currently ongoing.
This project is in collaboration with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).