Scooters. Pony unveils its technology to prevent two-person riding

On September 15, the City of Lyon reiterated its call for projects concerning the rental activity of self-service electric scooters. To succeed Dott and Tier, the five candidates had until October 31 to submit their proposals, and that’s what Pony did, determined to be one of the two winning operators in March 2023.

In the running to win the call for projects, the Angevin company created in 2017, is the European leader in soft and shared mobility, offering both electric scooters and self-service bicycles. Already present in 14 cities and four countries (France, Belgium, Italy and the United Kingdom), Pony operates more than 8,000 vehicles across Europe.

Attentive to the requirements of the specifications of the City of Lyon, which wants innovative fleets in terms of safety, respect for public space and carbon neutrality, the candidate proposes his model of scooters Pony Gen 6.

Two-person driving detection

Last August, the people of Lyon were moved to learn of the death of two teenagers on scooters, knocked down by an ambulance. So, in terms of security, Pony said to himself that it was already necessary to start by protecting the scooter riders. Among many features, the company has developed the patented Solo technology: a connected floor which detects, thanks to six sensors (three on each side), the presence of a second passenger.

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To prevent any user from riding in pairs, the scooter triggers an audible alarm and uses the Pony application to send a notification to the user. It is also this same application that allows you to activate a beginner mode (speed reduced to 15km/h during the first three journeys of a user) and a responsiveness test mode, which measures between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. responsiveness of the user and determines his ability to ride through an evaluation of his reaction time.

Respect for public space

Another essential point of the call for projects: respect for public space. In order to avoid congestion on the sidewalks, Pony has implemented a parking restriction in dedicated areas and has delimited prohibited zones (red zones, where the scooter cuts off) and limited speed zones (yellow zones, where the speed is reduced to 10km/h).

In order not to obstruct the road, the company invites the user to go to another parking space if the desired one is already full. In the event that a user does not respect the parking conditions, the systematic end-of-journey photo may be used to sanction him with a penalty.

Economical and ecological

Pony, whose economic model is intended to be participatory, had the idea of ​​mobility in a short circuit. The scooters are bought for 1,090 euros by locals called pony angels, then rented out in the streets of Lyon. Several subscription offers exist, especially for young people and people on low incomes, but in any case a classic journey costs 20 cents per minute.

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On a run, the pony angel recovers 50% of the income generated, 30% is intended for logistics management and maintenance, and the remaining 20% ​​remunerates the company. Ecological, Pony is the only operator to have solderless, repairable French batteries in circulation, with a lifespan of 10 years, reducing the environmental impact by 50.8%. As a result, their scooters are recharged with green electricity and have a carbon footprint of 29 grams of CO2 per kilometre, nine times less than a car.

Daphnee Capaces

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