Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

An Evaluation of Road User Interactions with E-Scooters



This research project will investigate road user interactions with e-scooters. The primary objective will assess e-scooter rider interactions with other road user by data mining the VT E-Scooter Deployment project fixed camera video database that is currently being collected on Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The VT E-Scooter Deployment project is a joint venture with Spin and VTTI to assess safety, convenience, and nuisance factors that may occur with the deployment of e-scooters on a college campus. Using three or four strategically located fixed cameras located proximal to campus bus stops, the data will be reviewed to 1) determine e-scooter presence 2) capture e-scooter interactions with other road users, 3) classify these interactions for severity and 4) record general behavior of e-scooter riders (e.g. helmet use, backpack/carriage of other items, speed, following general rules of road). Analyses will provide greater understanding of e-scooter rider interactions with other road users and potential countermeasures to improve safety for all road users.

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Research Investigators (PI*)

Charlie Klauer (VTTI/VT)*
Yubin Hong (VT-Student)
Kevin Grove (VTTI/VT)

Project Information

Start Date: 2020-01-01
End Date: 2021-12-25
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $100,000
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: VTTI-00-030

Safe-D Theme Areas

Transportation as a Service
Automated Vehicles
Big Data Analytics

Safe-D ApplicationĀ Areas

Vulnerable Users
Risk Assessment
Performance Measures

More Information

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Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061