E-scooter AI-safety tech gets US$125 funding boost


Superpedestrian, the pioneering transportation robotics company and provider of the Link e-scooter, today announced its largest-ever funding round, closing US$125 million in debt and equity capital.

The new funding will be used to expand the Link shared e-scooter service, boost the company’s advanced R&D programs, and deploy scooters with Superpedestrian’s new Pedestrian Defense safety system in the first 25 cities across the US and Europe during 2022.

The AI-based software fuses data from multiple vehicle sensors and integrates them with the scooter’s on-board Vehicle Intelligence to take real-time action on the scooter.

Pedestrian Defense precisely detects vehicle position even in urban canyons where GPS has high inaccuracy. It also detects a much wider array of unsafe riding behavior than any competitor, including sidewalk riding, stunt riding, aggressive swerving and “salmoning” against traffic. Furthermore it can intervene automatically to slow or stop a scooter in real time when unsafe behaviour like riding on a sidewalk is detected.

Following successful field tests of Pedestrian Defense in recent months, the system will now be integrated into Superpedestrian’s technologically advanced Link e-scooter fleet, which has launched in 57 cities logging tens of millions of miles.

“Superpedestrian is on a successful mission to build and operate the safest and most comfortable shared e-scooter on the market. Link is the only e-scooter available today with the technological capacity to run the Pedestrian Defense system. This funding will strengthen our position as a world-leader in the next generation of safety technologies that safeguard riders, communities and the environment.” said Jean Andrews, policy director of Superpedestrian for UK and Ireland.

“Over the past nine years, we have developed a unique software platform that addresses the core challenges of electric vehicle fleets. From predictive-maintenance and repair automation, to fine-grain locationing and curb management, our platform is rich with advanced capabilities that enable safer and more reliable transportation solutions,” said Assaf Biderman, founder and CEO of Superpedestrian. “With this latest funding round, we are boosting our investment in R&D and scaling up our deployments in micromobility and beyond.”


The latest investment comes from Jefferies, Antara Capital, the Sony Innovation Fund by IGV* and FM Capital alongside existing backers like Spark Capital, General Catalyst and Citi via the Citi Impact Fund.

“Superpedestrian brings together best-in class vehicles, an advanced software platform, and efficient fleet operations, enabling them to safely integrate small electric vehicles into crowded city streets,” said Gen Tsuchikawa, chief investment manager for Sony Innovation Fund (SIF) and CEO and chief investment officer for Innovation Growth Ventures (IGV). “With an experienced executive team and strong operations in a variety of markets and geographies around the world, we are pleased to welcome Superpedestrian to IGV’s growing portfolio of promising mobility-focused startups.”

Superpedestrian was spun out of MIT in 2013 with the mission to develop the world’s smartest and safest light electric vehicle fleets. In 2020, Superpedestrian debuted the LINK Scooter, heralded as “The Volvo of e-Scooters” for its patented Vehicle Intelligence platform that actively prevents costly mechanical and electrical hazards that beset other e-scooter operators. Superpedestrian has become a world-leader in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, holding over 40 patents in autonomous failure protection for vehicles, automated maintenance software, fleet optimization, and vehicle context awareness.

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