Ola S1 Pro accident: A faulty scooter or driver error?

Ola Electric has finally released its internal investigation report into the recent incident of an Ola S1 Pro crashing in Guwahati, Assam. Here is what it reveals.

The Ola S1 Pro needs no introduction. The electric scooter manages to find its name in headlines everywhere. Initially, for the smash start, the scooter managed to grab 1 lakh bookings in just 24 hours. However, in the recent past, the Ola S1 electric scooter attracted a lot of attention for an accident that occurred in Guwahati, Assam on March 26, 2022.

After the accident, the motorcyclist was hospitalized. His left hand was fractured, while the right hand had 16 stitches. According to the pilot, the scooter took off from a speed bump, despite applying the brakes.

Now, Ola Electric has released its internal investigation report into this incident. The company gathered lots of data from the scooter’s various sensors to figure out what was wrong. After all, new-age electric vehicles are modern technology.

Ola claims the scooter was being used in Hyper mode and quite recklessly. The user climbed at a speed of 115 km/h over a 7 km route. In the second run, the rider was again riding at speeds of around 115 km/h over a distance of just 4 kilometres. The accident occurred during the third part of its journey, where a top speed of 95 km/h was recorded.

According to Ola’s internet investigation report, the scooter was driven recklessly. Steep acceleration and deceleration curves are also recorded for the trip itself. The last activity of the scooter shows that heavy braking is recorded, as the application of front brakes, rear brakes and regenerative braking is observed.

Ola S1 crash report

As a result, the scooter went from 80 km/h to standstill in just 3 seconds. While Ola’s allegation of reckless driving seems fair, the report nowhere shares that the scooter went airborne, which is a claim made by the user. Of course, the nature of the accident leads us to believe that the scooter reached illegal speeds, but it would be unfair to overlook the software issues that occur in Ola’s electric scooters.

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