Mobility Scooters Speed Limits or Automation?

A topic being canvased in the Media is that of slower speed limits for mobility scooters in shopping centers and main streets with shops and schools nearby. Why not first consider automatic acoustic/thermal sensor driven braking on gophers to slow down when obstacles (like people) are in the way or stop if a closed glass door does not open say. Some cars automatically brake if pedestrians are detected, detect lane drifting and vibrate the steering wheel as well as pretension seat belts and brake if collision seems probable. Why not scale down and suitably calibrate a variant of such technology for mobility scooters? They could detect curbs, notice people density and slow down, or at least NOT accelerate if their way was impeded. People in cars sometimes hit the wrong pedal so I am sure that this must happen on gophers. Old folks eyesight deteriorates too. Perhaps a Government grant could be solicited to fund developing algorithms to address such needs, propose design standards and develop hardware modules to interface with electric motors and brake systems on a range of gophers? Scooters should be sold only with hard hats, visibly flashing lights that come on themselves in the dark when the scooter is on, and could deploy an awning or umbrella when rain was sensed. Of course price point matters so design-to-price or target costing should be as fundamental a consideration as the list of functional requirements but mass production helps get cost down and a well publicized mandatory implementation schedule gets you mass production!


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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One Response to Mobility Scooters Speed Limits or Automation?

  1. Pingback: Mobility Scooters Give Folks A New Lease On Life : ATAVENTURES

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