The Role of IoT in Micromobility Vehicle Management
April 28, 2023
As the popularity of micromobility vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters continues to grow, so do the problems cities and micromobility vehicle-sharing companies face to manage them effectively. IoT plays an important part in tracking and monitoring these vehicles in real-time providing data to decision-makers. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the applications of IoT in micromobility vehicle management.
Real-time tracking and fleet management
IoT sensors can be used to track the location of micromobility vehicles in real-time providing valuable data for fleet management. Examples of advantages consequent from this are micromobility companies having recommended travel routes on their app or plainly helping identify vehicle theft. By further analyzing that data, companies can also recognize ideas of high demand and manage vehicles accordingly.
Mapify New York City demo displaying information about a CitiBike bike-sharing station in real-time.
It's also possible to monitor the health of micromobility vehicles and predict when maintenance is needed thanks to IoT. With this technology, companies can analyze how many KM a vehicle did and how fast they are burning their fuel. By effectively predicting when vehicles may break down, companies can minimize downtime and reduce costs.
With geofencing, companies can create virtual boundaries around specific areas, such as no parking zones or designated parking areas for micromobility vehicles. Combined with IoT, companies are able to let users know where these areas are or, the other way around, companies can receive notifications when their vehicles are inside restricted areas.
IoT sensors can also be used to monitor the speed and behavior of micromobility vehicles, thus promoting safe driving and reducing the risk of accidents. With this data, companies, and cities can develop rules to prevent these accidents.
Nowadays, the use of IoT not only makes organizations competitive versus others but has become imperative considering the immense pressure they feel to step up to people's increasing demands.