Pilot Project for Evaluating Motorized Personal Transportation Devices - Segways and Electric Scooters

The Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ) submitted a proposal to the Quebec Department of Transport and Transport Canada to set up and carry out Phase 1 of the Fly-Trottel Project, a pilot project for evaluating two types of motorized personal transportation devices (MPTDs): the Segway and the electric scooter. This report contains information on these two MPTDs, including a general literature review on MPTDs that focussed on pilot projects carried out in the U.S. and Europe, and legislation in various countries regarding user safety, legal framework and traffic conditions. The report also contains an analysis of existing safety regulations for Segways and scooters, the legal framework for using these vehicles, traffic rules, and incidents involving these MPTDs. Alongside these activities, CEVEQ, supported by groups of experts and a group of 50 test participants, performed ergonomic, technical, and operational evaluations of the MPTDs on a closed indoor test track and in the laboratory. In light of the results of the technical and ergonomic evaluations performed in Phase 1 of the project, it is recommended that Phase 2 be carried out to evaluate electric scooters and Segways in actual operating conditions in order to evaluate their reliability and safety in an urban environment, their social acceptability, and their ability to replace cars for short trips in urban communities.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 1 vol., xiv, 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047117
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2007 10:48AM