At the Auto Moto et Mobilités trade fair, which takes place until Sunday, November 14 at MEETT, the new Toulouse Exhibition Center, a simulator will teach you the best practices for electric scooters. We tested it.
Two million users in France, and double-digit sales growth every year. The electric scooter is on the rise. In Toulouse, many have adopted it. Foldable, you can take it on the train, metro, bus, and make the “last mile” to home or work. Do you know, however, that it is compulsory to insure it? That it should be equipped with front and rear lights? That wearing a helmet is strongly recommended? That it is allowed to ride on bicycle lanes, but prohibited to ride on sidewalks?
All the obstacles of everyday life: overturned trash, pedestrians, bicycles, tram, bus …
The MWheel company, present until Sunday November 14 (10 am-7pm) at the MEETT Auto Moto and Mobilities trade fair, in Aussonne, has a prevention stand (Hall 1), equipped with the VTrott simulator, the “first in Europe” according to responsible son, Hervé Turlepin. The simulator has digitized all the functions of the scooter: acceleration, braking, horn. The platform moves according to the nature of the ground: paving, paving, cycle path plate. The acceleration is very clear, and on the screen in front of you, obstacles of everyday life present: trash bin overturned on part of the cycle lane, tram, bus, pedestrian crossing without looking, motorist opening his door … Suffice to say that you have to brake often.
The simulation with the virtual reality headset makes it possible to control blind spots. And to narrowly avoid a collision with a tram … “Fortunately, the number of serious accidents in electric scooters is limited to ten per year (a little less than 500, all electric mobility combined). But with our simulator and the Mobiprox device, concludes Mr. Turlepin, we are working to make everyone aware that 25 km / h (maximum authorized speed), a fall or an impact can have serious consequences “. Message received.