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Terrible parking is the worst factor about escooters — TIER has a plan to repair it

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Escooter agency TIER has partnered with mapping supplier Fantasmo to create what it claims is the world’s most correct escooter parking system.

Beginning in Paris and York, TIER will implement Fantasmo’s “Digital camera Positioning System” (CPS), a brand new positioning expertise that’s ten occasions extra correct than GPS and may validate e-scooter parking inside 50 centimeters or much less utilizing a digital camera cellphone.

TIER says the brand new function will all however get rid of irresponsible parking, a difficulty that has plagued metropolis authorities globally since escooters had been first rolled out on streets.

On the finish of their journey, riders can scan the escooter’s QR code and level their cellphone’s digital camera at a close-by constructing, which Fantasmo makes use of to verify they’re parked inside a city-approved space.



Matthias Laug, CTO and co-founder of TIER, stated: “With this new expertise, we will immediately tackle the issues of weak street customers on the subject of how scooters are parked. The CPS mapping utilized by Fantasmo has a definite benefit over GPS indicators, which are sometimes obscured by buildings, poor connectivity, bushes, and atmospheric circumstances.

“In addition to educating our customers, we need to present them with the expertise that they should use escooters safely and responsibly and this partnership does simply that.”

Floor-level mapping

Los Angeles-based Fantasmo builds 3D maps of cities by foot, utilizing its digital camera and sensor-equipped “Explorer” backpack.

The backpack, which has a 3D mapping resolution with a six-camera array, LIDAR, and accompanying cell management app, is worn by operators who stroll round cities. The captured knowledge is then processed with Fantasmo’s software program into an in depth 3D mannequin of the cities.

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The corporate has up to now mapped over 1,800 kilometers of Parisian streets at floor stage utilizing the expertise, and claims it’s extra correct than satellite-based GPS, which isn’t all the time dependable in dense city areas.

Fantasmo Co-Founder Jameson Detweiler stated: “We’re excited to be working with TIER as a result of their dedication to nice parking compliance is the right real-world validation of our CPS expertise. By mapping cities on the floor stage, as pedestrians, we might help micromobility safely thrive in cities around the globe.”

Paris crackdown

Following an inflow of escooters in 2018 and a subsequent rise in complaints from locals pissed off with units congesting public areas and inflicting a rise in accidents, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launched a raft of measures aimed toward curbing their improper use, together with fines of 135 euros (US$150) for driving on pavements, and banning the parking of e-scooters in non-designated zones.

Below present rules, e-scooters can solely be left in parking areas allotted for vehicles and motorized two-wheel autos.

Mayor Hidalgo additionally tightened the regulation of e-scooter companies, choosing three ‘official operators’ – TIER, Lime and Dott – in July 2020, after 16 scooter-sharing corporations responded to town’s request for proposals to function.

Every firm was awarded a two-year contract permitting it to deploy 5,000 e-scooters all through town, for a complete of 15,000 scooters.

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Printed January 23, 2021 — 16:30 UTC

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