The future of micromobility lies in communication

Published February 23, 2022

The benefits of light vehicles are attracting more and more people, but the future of micromobility lies in whether cities are able to protect vulnerable road users (VRUs).

Some have switched modes with confidence, but many do not feel comfortable in the current state of transition. Standing on a sheet of metal is not comparable to the safety of a car body.

There is a significant increase in the risk of unintentional road injuries and fatalities

Some cities already have an extensive network of bicycle roads, some are planning to build, others are lagging behind. Whatever the case, people traveling by bicycle or e-scooter will encounter cars during their journey. In the battle of standing on two legs vs two tons of steel, there is no doubt who will be the winner.

There’s a way to increase safety and confidence in diverse traffic. We need to connect all road users with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. Commsignia brought its expertise in V2X and partnered with Spoke to build game-changer  VRU safety solutions.

One of the most common causes of VRU incidents is that the driver of the car doesn’t see the light vehicle coming.

A bicycle or e-scooter can easily go unnoticed in the vehicle’s blind spot. Turning cars can cross the path of a light vehicle passing by them or in the opposite lane, which can lead to an incident with injury. Even an ordinary event like the opening of a car door can also have serious consequences.

Real time V2X communication guarantees that vehicles nearby receive real-time alerts. They will know about each other, even if they don’t see each other, and they can avoid these dangerous situations.

Find out more about the future of micromobility and our VRU protection and bicycle safety solutions by contacting us here.