Electric scooters are all the rage across the world. The electric-powered two-wheelers help people nimbly zip through traffic to get about town. However, they also have safety concerns. Many scooter riders disregard road rules, ignore traffic lights and ride on sidewalks illegally. A scooter maker has made a speaker that will alert pedestrians and other road users of a scooter's presence. Segway is selling a speaker accessory that can add V12 engine noises to its scooters. Additionally, the user can plug in their music and the speaker will play the rider's favourite tunes.
Segway's $150 Engine Speaker can play music or sounds for 23 hours when fully charged. The speaker syncs with the accelerator. The faster the scooter goes, the louder the sounds are. Segway said its speaker will warn anyone in earshot that a scooter is approaching. Road safety analysts believe the speaker could cut the number of collisions between scooter riders and pedestrians. However, critics are worried about noise pollution. They say the beauty of electric engines is their silence. They believe a simple beeping sound is enough to alert other road users.