Who we are
Micromobility has been gaining a lot of attraction due it being a great last-mile solution to our daily commutes as well as it being a more environmentally friendly alternative. The adoption of micromobility solution in cities, however, has been at a deadlock with safety and rider behavior at the core of the problem. There are pedestrian hazards from riding on sidewalks, and poorly parked scooters being tripping hazards.
That’s where our founding partners come in – Transpoco, a leading fleet management company, and Taoglas, a next generation IoT company, came together to establish Luna.
Our team has been planning and testing technology to help address the obstacles in the way of adopting micromobility in cities.
10 cm of precision achieved and down to 1.4cm
Our technology helps correct rider behavior for a safer rider experience. It can also help scooter companies work with cities to use the data to inform policymaking.
Luna’s technology addresses all of these issues by giving an accurate means to locate and govern the usage of scooters and other light electric . Luna centimeter-level accuracy introduces a level of precision would allow for scooters to be located more efficiently and it would be in stricter compliance with geofencing requirements.
We aim to provide an exceptional service to our partners and riders through enabling the ability to manage fleets responsibly. Social responsibility is at the core of our business mission. We invented Luna with the aim of improving the safe use of micromobility in cities. We hope we can be a part of encouraging policy making in favor of micromobility and not against it.
Connect with our team
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.
Philip has spent the last 20+ years working in Asia specialising in manufacturing, including establishing global networks in supply and operations with proven success.
He has held senior management roles in companies such as Trident (Avnet embedded), ePoint Ltd, Foxconn and was a senior member of the team that put PaceBlade Technology into the International Space Station.
In recent years Philip has successful grown a number of Healthcare businesses such as JAOtech which grew to a global market share of over 70% before being sold to Barco in 2012.
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.
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
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.