Powered micromobility solutions are not currently legal to use on public roads (with the exception of shared e-scooters currently being trialled). Although they are great fun to ride on private property, it’s a different matter when it comes to mixing with other traffic on the road.
TRL’s safety performance testing service for micromobility OEMs and operators, and transport authorities, independently examines the safety performance and handling for a wide range of micromobility solutions: including e-scooters, powered unicycles, hoverboards, e-skateboards and more. An independent report of the functionality of these products will inform manufacturers, operators and transport authorities of the safety performance of the vehicles along with any recommendations for areas of improvement.
Our independent report can be submitted as part of a bid to operate trial rental services. A local authority tendering for a trial rental service has ultimate responsibility and liability when it permits use of the product on its streets. Our test report will provide credible assurance of the safety and suitability of vehicles considered for roll-out.
Our standardised test methodology covers three areas:
Brake testing will cover stopping distance and vehicle response under different conditions. With some micromobility products able to reach very high speeds, brake testing is key to give local authorities and consumers’ alike the confidence that the vehicle can be brought to a safe and controlled stop in an emergency without endangering either the rider or other road users.
Vehicle stability will be tested when traversing different surfaces, and when user control may be compromised (e.g. making hand signals to turn). Stability testing will provide confidence that users are able to manoeuvre the vehicle effectively and safely.
Geofencing testing is an optional extra. This will be used to test Operators’ ability to locate and control the e-scooters – for example, testing the responsiveness of automatic slowing functions when entering ‘slow speed’ zones, testing the performance of the vehicle when automatically bringing it to a stop if it enters a ‘no ride’ zone, and checking the system ensures users are only able to park in designated parking areas.
Alongside this standardised set of tests, we can tailor the approach to meet specific client needs and vehicle specifications – please talk to us about your requirements.
TRL has designed safety tests for cars and trucks, drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders and pedestrians for three quarters of a century. We pioneered the use of crash test dummies for cars. We understand what needs testing and how to test it. Our safety testing is the basis for the standards for design of all new vehicles. Powered personal mobility devices (PMD) are the next generation of transport solutions to join the road.