Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
The launch of e-scooters in various cities, over the last couple of years, has prompted some interesting questions. Road or pavement? Buy or rent? Do you need a helmet? And is this the future we were promised, or simply a distraction while we continue towards gridlock and urban sprawl? In London, one rental service ran trials in the Olympic Park, highlighting (and campaigning against) the difficulty of accommodating scooters in current road traffic legislation. In the US, cities take varying approaches, many moving towards licensing or permitting systems (for operators) but also thinking about the sharing of data between operators, cities and others. We see therefore a sharpening of a number of questions, regarding datasets, regulatory regimes, and Silicon Valley’s social responsibility, that were already in our minds in response to phenomena such as the sharing economy. Moreover, the interaction between the IT dimensions of scooters and the arguably more prosaic issues of keeping footpaths neat and tidy reflects what I argue is a longer term shift in the tech law and policy field, towards the most difficult issues being at the intersection of data and the built environment. Join me for this journey down the purry road, keeping two feet on board and at a heady 14 km/h, as we explore the law of the scooter.