Micro-mobility group Bird has unveiled the industry’s first Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system. Designed by its in-house team of former aerospace and automotive engineers, the new feature safeguards riders against potential brake failure and ensures they can always bring the vehicle to a stop.
In the event that a braking request by a rider is met with a failed brake, Bird AEB automatically activates advanced motor controls to swiftly bring the rider to a stop.
A scooter whose AEB system has been engaged will immediately take itself offline, making itself unavailable for further use until a Bird team member has been able to retrieve and repair the vehicle.
Scott Rushforth, Chief Vehicle Officer at Bird, says: “Autonomous emergency braking is now the standard in the automobile industry, but this is the first time that active safety technology has been developed for lightweight electric vehicles such as e-scooters.”
He adds: “Bird’s AEB system relies on sensors and advanced fault detection capabilities that can only be found in Bird e-scooters. That’s why it’s so critical that micromobility operators, most of whom still rely on off-the-shelf models, invest the time and resources necessary to design and build their own vehicles.”
This active safety technology is available on all Bird Two e-scooters.