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Harmony’s tech-filled mobility brings safe scootering to the streets

The Harmony Scooter is designed in a minimal yet versatile form to solve safety and usability problems with other existing models.

The concept scooter is designed by student Min-Ji Park of Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Looking to current smart scooters for inspiration, she wanted to build on current designs in a way that would make users feel safer.

To achieve this, Min-Ji Park added an amalgam of technology to keep riders in tune with their surroundings. 

This technology includes LIDAR and camera sensors for detecting upcoming road hazards.

Harmony scooter _ Mobility Design _ By Min-Ji Park of Hongik University
© Min-Ji Park

When a hazard is detected, the rider will be notified in two ways—the first is an alert projected onto the road via lateral headlights, and the second is shown on the display that’s integrated into the handlebar at the top of the steering column.

It also includes smart guiding headlights, which double as stabilising feet when the scooter is folded in half. Not only does this make the Harmony easier to store but also to take around, carrying it in and out of stores and on and off public transportation.

© Min-Ji Park

For extra safety, the scooter also features lights in the handlebars to signal indication and a break light at the back. All of this is housed inside a sleek body with a futuristic interface for guiding travellers on their way.

Boasting a fluid, clean-cut, and elegant design, the Harmony features a futuristic interface for guiding its users as they ride.

Harmony scooter _ Mobility Design _ By Min-Ji Park of Hongik University
© Min-Ji Park

Once a rider activates Harmony, they can connect their smart device to the scooter’s app, which will assist in planning routes, displaying battery levels, speeds, and the warnings mentioned earlier.

A small screen located between the handlebars displays essential information including battery levels, speed, location, general directions and time spent riding. 

Harmony scooter _ Mobility Design _ By Min-Ji Park of Hongik University
© Min-Ji Park

A stylish rental with safety in mind

Min-Ji Park envisions the Harmony scooter as a rental solution in urban areas that might attract users that are concerned when it comes to safety.

It succeeds in its objectives by focusing on safety without sacrificing style. “As personal mobility increases to blend into our urban lifestyle, there still remain unsolved safety and usability problems,” says Park.

“Harmony provides a new form of solution for electric scooters and helps users enjoy a smarter and safer riding experience.”

Harmony scooter _ Mobility Design _ By Min-Ji Park of Hongik University
© Min-Ji Park
Harmony scooter _ Mobility Design _ By Min-Ji Park of Hongik University
© Min-Ji Park
© Min-Ji Park
© Min-Ji Park