An e-scooter trial is to launch in Newcastle early this year with Singapore-based operator Neuron Mobility.
Initially, 250 orange e-scooters will be rolled out across the city, with more to follow over the 12-month trial period.
Neuron, which entered the UK market in October 2020, said it will deliver a safe, socially-distanced and environmentally-friendly service in partnership with Newcastle City Council.
The company’s N3 e-scooter is fitted with a range of safety features, including what Neuron claims is the world’s first app-controlled helmet lock, which secures a helmet to every e-scooter in-between trips.
The N3 also includes topple detection, a 999 emergency button, voice guidance to educate riders on how to ride safely and geofencing technology.
Furthermore, Neuron’s e-scooters are fitted with a unique license plate for identification and to promote responsible use. A range of smart parking initiatives to control and promote smart parking will also be introduced, while riders can currently share their trip in real time using the ‘Follow My Ride’ feature.
Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “Reducing transport-related carbon emissions and air pollution is an urgent priority and this trial would help us to understand what role e-scooters could play in helping us to achieve this.
“We know that e-scooters must be safe and used responsibly, and therefore there are strict requirements on both the operator and on those using them to ensure that high standards of health and safety are met.”