Another startup takes a shot at electric scooter – Artem M9

Artem Energy Future Pvt Ltd, a home-grown electric vehicle technology company has announced the Artem M9 — the world’s safest electric scooter. The M9 will include unprecedented ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) previously seen only in luxury cars. The vehicle is being developed with several industry firsts: 90kmph top speed, 0-50kmph in 6 seconds and a range of 100 kms. per charge. Artem is taking a unique approach to EV practicality by allowing the M9 to be charged by an on-board fast charger, as well by swapping batteries.

While four-wheeler safety continues to take strides with clear regulatory will, two-wheelers tend to lag, with almost token regulation requiring ABS and CBS (combined braking system) on two-wheelers going forward. India has the world’s worst traffic safety record with 1.4 lakh fatalities last year, of which 35% were on two wheelers. India alone consumes 20mn two wheelers annually which will grow to 36mn by 2022-23. The founders’ own experiences convinced them of a need for more development in two-wheeler safety.

The company is working on safety with a two-step approach: Collision Prevention and Collision Alert. A majority of two-wheeler accidents are caused by rider error and lack of due attention. Artem’s technology is being developed to ensure that the rider has timely information and alerts to make better decisions. Artem’s flagship M9-A scooters will have cameras and radars to allow 360-degree awareness upto a 100m radius.

Artem’s technology will also watch environmental factors; the M9 warns tailgaters if they’re too close. Indicators cancel safely and automatically by sensing when the turn has been completed, and a blind-spot warning system is available to warn the rider that despite indicating a turn, someone is close behind and a potential danger. These systems, previously only available on high-end cars, have the potential to drastically enhance two-wheeler safety.

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