Bird Improves Safety with New ID Verification to Prevent Underage Riding

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

The classic Peter Parker Principle from Marvel’s Spider-Man can aptly be applied to micromobility companies’ mutual obligation to prevent underage riding. After all, while shared e-scooters offer a fun, safe and sustainable ride, they need to be handled responsibly to ensure the safety of the entire community. 

That’s where Bird’s industry-first partnership with AU10TIX comes in. 

We’ve partnered with the global leader in digital identity verification to raise the bar on real-time ID scanning. Bird’s new AU10TIX-powered ID Scan employs deep learning to ensure every rider uses a unique, valid and authentic ID when creating an account. For an added layer of protection, it can even be paired with an available Selfie Match feature.

Autonomous authentication can now be completed in just 8 seconds using zero bias, ultra-fast processing with advanced high-grade precision. That’s 20x faster than other operators, allowing Bird to quickly identify and help prevent issues of fraudulent behavior and underage riding with pinpoint accuracy. 

“AU10TIX is proud to partner with Bird to enhance micromobility safety for riders around the world,” said Carey O’Connor Kolaja, CEO of AU10TIX and one of FinTech Magazine’s Top 10 Women in FinTech. “Our proprietary ID verification technology supports thousands of official ID types, meaning Bird riders around the world will be able to instantly authenticate their accounts and get moving. When two industry leaders come together to ensure that safety guidelines are respected efficiently, everyone wins.” 

Our new micromobility ID Scan and available Selfie Match solution built with AU10TIX are already live in places like Tel Aviv, and we’ll be working with additional partner cities to continue the rollout throughout January and beyond. The announcement of these latest safety features comes just weeks after Bird unveiled our new Autonomous Emergency Braking system, the micromobility industry’s first active safety technology. 

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