The European mobility operator Tier is the first large electric scooter company to integrate helmets into vehicles. The foldable helmets fit in a box that is attached to the scooter below the handlebar.
Tier plans to deploy 200 helmeted scooters in Paris and Berlin this month. In the course of the summer, Tier will use a further 5,000 scooters equipped with helmets.
Earlier this year, JAMA Surgery published a study showing that injuries to electric scooters have almost tripled in the past four years. Less than 5% of the drivers in the study wore helmets, which resulted in a third of those surveyed suffering from a head injury.
Given concerns about COVID-19, Tier is also experimenting with Protexus antibacterial, self-disinfecting handlebar technology. Tier tests this handlebar in Paris and Bordeaux.
It is worth noting that Wheels, an e-bike rider without pedals, implemented both functions. However, it is for the public good that as many operators as possible use this game book. In December, Wheels deployed an intelligent helmet system for its bikes that snaps into the rear fender and can tell when riders are wearing a helmet. In March, Wheels began providing e-bikes with self-cleaning handlebars and brake levers for weekly or monthly rentals.
Tier was founded in 2018 and has raised $ 131 million in funding to date. In February, the startup extended its Series B round to over $ 100 million. Days later, Tier announced the acquisition of Coup's electric moped scooters to launch its own joint moped service. Tier, based in Berlin, is currently active in 55 cities in 11 countries.