The rental company Tier für Micromobility presents new electric scooters that are delivered with a helmet to protect their drivers, the company announced today. 200 of the helmets equipped with helmets will be sent to Paris and Berlin this month, followed by 5,000 more during the summer. According to Tier, it is the first e-scooter company to introduce such integrated helmets.
The helmets are foldable and are stowed in a lockable compartment under the handlebars of the scooter when not in use. The compartment is unlocked with the animal app. According to Tier, the helmets meet European safety standards and the company checks the helmets every five trips. This review includes the disinfection of the helmets as part of the company's COVID 19 safety precautions.
Getting scooter riders to wear helmets was a big problem for the scooter rental industry. While drivers have always been able to provide their own helmets, the data suggests that few people care. A study from last year found that only one in 190 injured drivers wore a helmet. The problem will only worsen with increasing use of scooters. theinformationsuperhighway points to research indicating that scooter injuries have tripled in the past four years.
The foldable helmets are located in a compartment under the handlebars of the scooter.
A scooter company, Bird, tried to motivate people to wear helmets by distributing free rides, but more and more micromobility companies are installing helmets directly into the vehicles themselves. The electric bike rental Wheels, for example, has a helmet that is built into the rear of the bicycles. It is also common for moped rental companies to install helmets in a lockable cargo hold, as many cities around the world require that these drivers wear helmets.
In addition to the new helmet compartment, Tier is also experimenting with the new handlebar technology, which is more resistant to bacteria given the COVID-19 pandemic. These antibacterial, self-disinfecting handlebars have a non-woven copper material that has been reported to kill 99.8 percent of the bacteria. Tier is currently testing the new handlebar technology in Paris and Bordeaux.