In a move to improve the streets and pavements across Ealing and its accessibility for residents and visitors to the borough, Ealing Council has partnered with highways management company XAIS to implement a mapping and visual imaging scooter (MAVIS) to gather data.
MAVIS, an enhanced technology mobility scooter, uses AI and in a statement, the council said it will: “provide precise and invaluable data on the state of footpaths and cycleways in the borough.” The council said MAVIS will be deployed across the borough and: “will tour the streets collecting data on the condition of all paved footways and cycleways. This data will then be used to analyse and understand conditions and accessibility issues across the borough.”
The council said that MAVIS has already done a survey of town centres and footways that form part of the public highways. It is now looking at collecting data by surveying the footways on housing estates which is set to be completed in the next few weeks.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action commented on the introduction of MAVIS: “We are committed to becoming a beacon of sustainability in London. By harnessing the power of AI, we want to create a transportation system that not only reduces our environmental impact but helps residents to get around safely and more effectively.”
Councillor Costigan added: “Using AI technology allows us to analyse vast amounts of data and make the most out of transportation networks in ways that were previously unimaginable. This will result in more sustainable travel, cleaner air, and a brighter future for Ealing.”