9 Sep 21

TIER and Irish firm Luna partner to roll out ‘next-gen’ eScooter tech in Europe and the Middle East

TIER eScooters, image courtesy of Shutterstock

Irish micro mobility tech provider Luna has partnered with European eScooter operator TIER to create computer vision-equipped eScooter fleets across Europe and the Middle East.

The announcement was made yesterday during a trade mission to Germany by Enterprise Ireland, led by Tánaiste the Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Leo Varadkar Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment who met in Berlin with representatives from both companies.

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Luna provides a computer vision platform and AI technology that enables eScooters to better “see” the environment in which they’re operating and react accordingly, depending on the operator or the city’s safety parameters.

Utilising vision technology to increase eScooter safety

The companies are jointly exploring several partnership opportunities in Paris, Spain and the Middle East with numerous smart city stakeholders to explore possibilities for high-fidelity and high-frequency imagery captured by TIER’s fleet of 5,000 scooters to increase operational efficiency, safety and more precise street mapping.

The Irish partnership builds on a pilot project that has been running since April 2021 across all five campuses of Dublin City University.

The two companies are also embarking on a technical integration project to examine how Luna computer vision hardware can be embedded into TIER vehicles at the point of manufacture in order to create a “next-generation eScooter”.

The partnership will result in the creation of 15 new full-time jobs in Ireland.

Image of TIER eScooters, coutesy of Shutterstock.

Authored by: Alison Pittaway