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Andrew has spent his career to date in the field of telematics, fleet management and intelligent vehicles. Andrew has spent 15 years as the CEO of Transpoco, the leading telematics provider in the Irish market, with customers from more than 60 countries.
Andrew has a keen interest in the future of transport, mobility and unmanned autonomy.
He is currently the president of the 1-Telematics Alliance, a European thought leadership group. He is also on the steering committee of both the “Vehicle Of The Future” (VOTF), and the “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles” (CAV) industry groups in Ireland.
Ronan is the Executive Director of DCU Alpha, Dublin City University’s Innovation Campus, which is Ireland’s leading cluster of IoT, M2M, Data Analytics and e-mobility companies.
Ronan is a qualified Architect and Smart Cities/Sustainability expert. Ronan sits on the steering committee of Smart Dublin, is an advisor to TechIreland and advises governments, municipalities and real estate developers on innovation district and e-mobility policy development. Ronan has a B.Arch from UCD, a MBA from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Sustainable Development from DCU.
Zipp is delighted to be partnering with Luna, another rapidly emerging Irish micromobility success story, to make our fleet the most technologically advanced one on the streets of the UK, and in the near future Ireland.
Zipp mobility CEO and Founder
Voi is developing scooters that can ‘see’ what’s around them and therefore irrefutably ‘know’ what they need to do in order to be safe, whereas other scooters are trying to ‘feel’ what’s around them and use that to ‘guess’ what they should do next.
This is something that Voi wants to address with its Luna partnership, using computer vision techniques to enable real-time surface detection and open the door to more useful tools to keep scooters away from places they’re not supposed to be. This is where its edge AI truly shows its worth, as it negates the need for huge bandwidth and compute capabilities: It can control and govern the scooter in real time.
This state of the art technology will support the current trial in Northampton by allowing us to better understand rider and pedestrian behaviour and therefore, integrate e-scooters into our local transport system in a more effective and beneficial way.
Northamptonshire County Councillor
Irish start-up Luna is developing GPS signal processing technologies to deliver centimetre-level precision and support the operational needs of micromobility companies (Taylor, 2019). Testing should reveal if the solution works in urban canyons and when the vehicle is in motion. Computer vision may be used to detect sidewalk riding on shared micro-vehicles. Companies are also working on solutions to detect sidewalk riding using video cameras (Silicon Canals, 2019). In the longer term, vehicles may be able to detect sidewalks and pedestrians and limit vehicle speed accordingly.
“Safe Micromobility” report (Feb 2020) – https://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/docs/safe-micromobility_1.pdf (P. 60)
Intelligent Transport Forum (ITF-OECD)
The positioning technology employed in this collaboration is a perfect example of the engaged, solutions-focussed research and innovation that is emerging from DCU Alpha.
The creation of safe e-mobility solutions like this has major potential for increasing public use of sustainable transport. DCU is proud to be a testing ground for this project which we hope will make a valuable contribution to the development of smart cities worldwide.
Speaking at the pilot launch.
Prof. Brian MacCraith
Former President of DCU
We were excited to learn about Luna’s centimeter-level GPS technology when it was announced two months ago. That level of precision would allow us to locate our scooters more efficiently and would lead to stricter compliance with geofencing requirements. Providing exceptional service to our partners and riders.
Speaking on the partnership.
Blue Duck CEO
Luna’s trial with an international player like Blue Duck, is a great example of the calibre of groundbreaking mobility solutions that are being rolled out in Dublin.
We’re also looking forward to see how the data gleaned from the pilot cloud potentially enable informed conversations around micromobility and how it could be integrated into the city’s transport system in due course.