European e-scooter operator Tier and Irish micromobility tech platform Luna have partnered to explore the piloting and deployment of computer vision and smart city technology on shared e-scooter fleets, across Europe and the Middle East.
As part of the strategic collaboration, Luna will create 15 new full-time jobs – growing the team to more than 20 – to assist with the work on these pilot projects. These jobs will cover computer vision/AI, hardware, IoT and project management roles in Ireland.
The partnership builds on the Dublin pilot which is taking place across Dublin City University’s five campuses, and which also involves the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics.
Tier and Luna are exploring the option of partnering in Paris and examining the possibilities of how vision-enabled e-scooters can assist the mayor’s smart city ambitions, using high fidelity and high frequency imagery captured by a portion of Tier’s fleet of 5,000 scooters there.
The announcement comes as part of an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Germany where Irish deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Leo Varadkar met with representatives from Luna and Tier in Berlin. The meeting was to further understand the nexus between Ireland and Germany within the e-mobility and automotive industry, and the future role of shared e-scooter schemes in Ireland once the required legislation is passed.
“Luna thinks about cities in the same way as we do, and we look forward to jointly developing new solutions that address some of the key smart city challenges our city partners are identifying”
In addition to Paris, both companies are also exploring partnering in the Middle East with smart city stakeholders, to examine the potential for bespoke computer vision solutions to tackle local issues around safety, infrastructure optimisation, as well as current and future municipal governance requirements. Additional pilot projects are also being explored in Spain among other locations.
“We are already working closely with Luna in Dublin, and this broader strategic agreement allows us to expand the scope and ambition of our partnership,” said Matthias Laug, CTO and co-founder of Tier.
“We see computer vision as a valuable tool in our mission to change mobility for good and to lead the way towards seamless, sustainable and safe micro-mobility. Alongside our world-leading parking capabilities with Fantasmo, this powerful collaboration with Europe’s leading computer vision and edge AI start-up in the scooter space, allows us to explore the full potential of this exciting technology on our fleet.”