Micro-mobility operator Tier has partnered with the non-public security AI app Flare to launch a number of modern security options, together with an ‘SOS’ emergency button, to assist the protection of its riders.
The brand new SOS characteristic, which is offered for all Tier riders in London and York, permits riders to discreetly name for assist in the occasion that they really feel unsafe or threatened when touring. By means of voice activation or a easy faucet of a button, a stay monitoring hyperlink is distributed to all close by Flare customers in addition to the rider’s 5 emergency contacts to make sure that assist arrives as rapidly as attainable.
The partnership with Flare comes shortly after Tier’s analysis collaboration with the social enterprise Protected & the Metropolis. The research discovered that within the UK just one in 5 girls really feel secure travelling alone at night time and, when using an e-scooter at night time, girls’s greatest issues are the worry of being adopted, stalked or sexually harassed – displacing daytime issues in regards to the behaviour of different street customers.
The partnership with Flare will even see Tier riders in a position to entry different new options, together with its GroupSafe characteristic which permits riders to share their stay location with buddies or household to make sure they get from A to B safely, and its hazard warning characteristic which lets riders report upcoming hazards to alert different riders or street customers of their strategy, reminiscent of a pothole or an icy street.
This follows from Flare’s incident detection characteristic, already accessible to Tier riders, which makes use of machine studying to recognise if a rider has been concerned in a security incident and notifies emergency contacts if no response is detected.
James Duffy founder and COO at Flare says: “As e-scooters grow to be extra prevalent within the UK, we imagine everybody ought to have the fitting to really feel secure while using. We’re actually enthusiastic about partnering with TIER, and proud to maintain their riders and the roads safer for everybody.
“Not solely does Flare present world main safety options however we have now additionally partnered up with RoadRadar to offer Flare and TIER customers with a world’s first incident prevention system. We purpose to assist and empower everybody to really feel safer by utilizing modern know-how in smartphones that you just already personal at present, with a view to shield and forestall unlucky conditions from occurring.”
Georgia Yexley, Tier’s UK Common Supervisor says: “Our ambition is to enhance street security for all. Which means not solely addressing the bodily security of our riders on the street, but in addition supporting them to really feel assured on their journeys – at no matter time.
“Our partnership with Flare is a vital addition to our present security initiatives, utilizing modern applied sciences to assist each the protection of our riders and different street customers.
“As an organization working throughout the wider transport sector, we really feel a profound accountability to do every little thing we are able to to make sure all transport customers have the fitting to free motion, to really feel secure and stay assured within the programs to guard them on their journey. Collaborating with transport operators and pioneering corporations like Flare are very important to attaining a secure, built-in transport system for all.”