Putting the brakes on E-Scooter and E-Bike enabled crime

The Defence and Technology Accelerator (DASA) would like to better understand the market capability, as well as technology readiness levels, to create solutions that can bring E-Scooters and E-Bikes to a controlled stop.

Lawfully used E-Scooters and E-Bikes provide many benefits, like portability and eco-friendliness.

However, if they're used unlawfully, UK policing faces several challenges when trying to bring these vehicles to a controlled stop without risk to the rider, public or police officers.

Challenges in bringing E-Scooters and E-Bikes to a controlled stop include:

  • The lack of protective equipment (such as helmets) worn by unlawful riders – especially when travelling at high speeds
  • The small wheels and high centre of gravity of E-Scooters, which make the rider vulnerable when losing control of the vehicle
  • The difficulty of meeting all required standards in relation to quality, approvals, ethics, data protection, inter-operability and more

The challenge

The UK Government's Defence and Technology Accelerator (DASA) would like to identify new and innovative concepts or designs that:

  • Render a stationary E-Scooter or E-Bike incapable of moving off
  • Bring a moving E-Scooter or E-Bike to a controlled stop
  • Are readily portable and can be deployed in many different locations against both moving and stationary E-Scooters or E-Bikes 
  • Are target specific and don't affect people or technology around the suspect vehicle
  • Are reliable in use and consistent when activated

What's involved

As part of this Market Consultation, you will be asked for a title and short summary of your innovation, along with questions related to your organisation, your idea and technology maturity.

DASA wants to understand what and how much further development is required for a complete solution - or whether a combination of separate solutions is required instead.

The information you provide will assist DASA in developing a statement of requirements for potential future activities. Any information you send (that is not already available from other sources) will be handled in confidence.

Deadline for submissions

Submissions must be made by midday, 9 November 2021.


How to get involved

Find more information and get involved on the GOV.UK website.