Great Engineering Kids of Tomorrow (GEKOT) was created when a robotics team from East Hills Middle School designed a collision avoidance system for e-scooters for a competition that they ultimately won. The technology utilized a number of automotive concepts and applied them to the micro-mobility market, forever changing the way that e-scooter and e-bike operators ride. With the guidance of GEKOT’s President, Dan Champoux, GEKOT continues to develop the market’s top safety technology, seeking ways to reduce collisions, prevent injuries, and create safer streets.
By taking macro automotive technology and turning it into micro-mobility technology, GEKOT’s aim is to create more accessibility to e-scooter and e-bike users. GEKOT also hopes to enforce higher standards across the e-scooter and e-bike market, removing barriers to e-scooter and e-bike communities. Today, GEKOT’s clients are installing the most affordable and elite system of safety equipment to do just that.
As a relatively young industry, the electric scooter market is still in the early stages of its safety development. GEKOT is a leader in the development of safety-enhancing strategies, by creating better communication and a greater sense of awareness to risks and obstacles as vehicle operators ride. With the help of GEKOT’s premier Collision Avoidance Technology (CATS), the micro-mobility market is becoming safer. But GEKOT technology also helps vehicle operators to maintain compliance with the city’s regulations while riding. GEKOT intends to provide technology licensing and consulting services to Razor and other scooter manufacturers seeking to improve safety and community use.
GEKOT Origin Story
Great Engineering Kids of Tomorrow (GEKOT) is named after an East Hills Middle School FIRST Robotics Team (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan). In 2020, team GEKOT conceived of a collision avoidance system for electric scooters. The team’s efforts focused on improving the safety of electric scooters for a robotics competition. (They won!) Today, team Coach, Dan Champoux, is pivoting the team’s patented idea into real-world technology with the ability to transform the way that we travel.