Helbiz and Logan City Council agree safety-first e-transport partnership

Salvatore Palella, Chief Executive Officer at Helbiz

Helbiz launches its expansion into Australia with a partnership with Logan City Council in Queensland. Following months of close consultation, the City has approved a 12-month license for Helbiz to operate up to 400 e-scooters and 400 e-bikes starting in late August.

What is Helbiz’s global safety record?

Since Helbiz began operations in Europe (2018) and the US (2019), it has maintained the safety record. Drawing on Helbiz’s safety tech, procedures, and records, the local operations team and Council are already hard at work to ensure the safety of all road and path users.

The technology includes AI helmet enforcement technology, accurate geofencing that can automatically reduce the speed of a rider, and community education campaigns.

In the coming weeks and throughout the initial months of the operation, Helbiz will host community ‘free ride’ events in the City of Logan in Queensland and invite experienced and first-time riders to try out Helbiz’s vehicles and learn about how to operate them safely.

One of the standouts is Helbiz’s Max Plus X e-scooter that leads the industry in geofence accuracy with a 0.06 second response time. The e-scooter can immediately identify and respond to slow zones or no ride zones making safer conditions for all road and path users.

The Helbiz e-scooter is equipped with turning indicators which will be a first in Australia. Helbiz e-scooters are also powered by 100% clean energy and will reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips, helping the City meet its goal of creating more sustainable communities.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the partnership?

“Safety is always the focus of our operations and it is the same for our partnership with Logan. At Helbiz, we pride ourselves on building trust with our Council partners and their local communities by investing in the safety of all road users through hardware, software, and education campaigns,” commented Salvatore Palella, Chief Executive Officer at Helbiz.

“This latest deal marks a significant step towards bringing safe transportation alternatives to Australia. This announcement follows the plan to introduce 500 e-bikes in Sydney and 100 e-scooters in Alloggio resorts later this year,” said Mitchell Price, Helbiz Australia MD.