For those who haven’t been in Austin lately, the scourge of the rented scooter may not sound like much of a problem. Well, it is as injuries mount and sidewalks are danger zones with scooters whizzing in and out of the foot traffic. The University of Texas is taking matters into its own hands as Texas Monthly reports:
[UT] announced a new speed limit for the dockless scooters that have become ubiquitous not just on its campus but throughout central Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, as well as at other colleges like Texas Tech and Abilene Christian. Unlike conventional speed limits, it won’t take a cop with a radar gun to ensure riders don’t break the rule. Instead, the 8-mph limit will be enforced using geofencing technology, which will throttle down a scooter’s top speed (typically 15 to 17 mph) whenever it’s on the UT campus.
The limit, which goes into effect March 26, appears to be the first implementation of geofencing to regulate scooter speed anywhere in the country.