Taxonomy and Classification of Powered Micromobility Vehicles
- Ground Vehicle Standard
Provide a commonality of terms, definitions, and classifications of powered micromobility vehicles for industry, consumers, and public agencies (e.g., regulators and partnering agencies);
Reduce discrepancies in terminology used across jurisdictions and sectors; and
Allow public agencies to clarify policies related to powered micromobility vehicles.
Provide functional definitions;
Be consistent with current industry practice and existing literature to the extent practicable;
Be useful across disciplines; and
Be clear and cogent.
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|Table 1||Classification system for powered micromobility vehicles|
Emerging and innovative personal mobility devices, sometimes referred to as micromobility, are proliferating in cities around the world. These technologies have the potential to expand mobility options for a variety of people. Some of these technologies fall outside traditional definitions, standards, and regulations. This committee will initially focus on low-speed micromobility devices and the technology and systems that support them that are not normally subject to the United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or similar regulations. These may be device-propelled or have propulsion assistance. They are low-speed devices that have a maximum device-propelled speed of 30 mph. They are personal transportation vehicles designed to transport three or fewer people. They are consumer products but may be owned by shared- or rental-fleet operators. This committee is concerned with the eventual utilization and operational characteristics of these devices, and how they may be safely incorporated in the transportation infrastructure. This committee will develop and maintain SAE Standards, Recommended Practices, and Information Reports within this classification of mobility. The first task of the committee will be to develop a taxonomy of low-speed micromobility devices and technologies. Currently, many of these terms are not consistently named, defined, or used in literature and practice. This task will also help refine the scope of the committee and highlight future work.