Electric Scooters to Return to Knoxville with Enhanced Safety Features
KNOXVILLE, TN – As reported online by the Knoxville News Sentinel, electric share-ride scooters will return to the streets of Knoxville after the scooter’s maker, Zagster, addresses a safety-related technology issue.*
Just last month, Zagster, one of many new electric scooter companies, released its popular scooters into the Knoxville area. The scooters have “geofencing” technology that prevents them from entering certain portions of the city for safety reasons. However, instead of coming to a rolling stop upon entry into unauthorized areas, the scooters simply slowed down. The use of the scooters in prohibited areas, even if at a slow pace, poses a danger to riders and others on the road and sidewalks.
As such, the scooters were abruptly pulled from the streets of Knoxville so that Zagster could address the geofencing safety issue. The scooters are anticipated to flow through Knoxville’s streets “any day now,” according to city officials. While many riders want the scooters back on the streets right away, the city of Knoxville wants to ensure the scooters are as safe as possible not only for riders, but for drivers and pedestrians. With proper geofencing technology, scooterswill not be able to travel through areas that are deemed unsafe for scooters.
Proper Regulations Can Make Share-Riding with Scooters Safer for Everyone
Some people love scooters, and others hate them. If left unregulated, scooters can become a nuisance. For example, many people who use scooters will simply leave them on the sidewalk, which can pose a hazard to other pedestrians. To address the greatest concerns, many cities have quickly enacted new regulations to control how and where scooters can operate. Knoxville’s geofencing boundary system is one way to regulate scootersfor safety. Nashville has prohibited the use of scooterson certain city sidewalks, which is another way to regulate and control scooters for safety reasons.
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