The government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for solutions, innovative capabilities and ideas for stopping or preventing E-Scooter and E-Bike enabled crime at any maturity level. This includes solutions that allow E-Scooters, E-Bikes or suspects using them unlawfully to be electronically located post event, to reduce the need for a vehicle pursuit, it said.
Lawfully used E-Scooters and E-Bikes have many positive benefits, such as portability and eco-friendliness. However, when used unlawfully, UK Policing faces several challenges when trying to bring these vehicles to a controlled stop, without risk to the rider, public, or police officers.
DASA said some of the challenges of bringing e-scooters and e-bikes to a controlled stop include: the lack of protective equipment, such as helmets, worn by unlawful riders – especially when travelling at high speeds and the small wheels and high-centre of gravity of E-scooters which make the rider vulnerable when losing control of the vehicle.
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new Market Exploration called Tackling E-Scooter and E-Bike enabled crime, which aims to explore innovative solutions that enhance the ability of UK Police to prevent E-Scooters and E-Bikes from being used to commit criminal acts.
The DASA wants to find innovations that can:
- render a stationary E-Scooter or E-Bike incapable of moving
- bring a moving E-Scooter or E-Bike to a controlled stop
- is deployable in many locations against E-Scooters or E-Bikes whilst they are moving or stationary, i.e. the system/technology should be readily portable
- is target specific, i.e. does not affect persons or technology around the suspect vehicle
- is reliable in use and consistent when activated
If you have an in-depth understanding of emerging capabilities, technologies, initiatives and novel approaches that may help prevent E-Scooter and E-Bike enabled crime? Submit an idea and help inform UK Police in methods for improving their capability in bringing E-Scooter and E-Bikes to a controlled stop.