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Meet the Yegers: Loic Folgoas, Senior Electronic Engineer at YEGO

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Written by YEGO Team – Barcelona

YEGO Motor Club

Loic is one of those Yegers from whom we learn something every day. For him, sharing knowledge is as important as bringing projects to real life.

Lolo (His nickname at YEGO) is capable of turning mockups into reality. And today he tells us a little more about his day-to-day life, his current lines of research, and many more secrets.

1. Hello Loic! How did you decide to study electronic engineering?

When I was little, I was fascinated by science fiction and by high tech products such as video recorders, camcorders, walkmans and others.

The only difference is that at that time when I disassembled these products, I was not able to understand what was inside.

2. What is a typical day like as a Senior Electronic Engineer at YEGO?

I have a few scooters with prototypes running in the street from which we record operating data. I always start my day by checking if the night’s rides went well while I’m at home.

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Then, I continue the mockups in progress once I arrive at the office and I discuss with the mechanics and operators to find out if the projects are all going in the right direction. 

On the other side, I also discuss with various dev teams about the integration of  projects into the YEGO offer. During the development cycle, there are a lot of specifications and discussions with external companies for the deployment of projects on the vehicle fleet that we have to bear in mind. 

Finally, supervising trainees and sharing knowledge is also an important activity of my daily life.

3. What is your current line of research?

My current areas of work are the integration of new functionalities in vehicles to differentiate ourselves during calls for tenders and the development of tools and solutions to optimise the use of batteries.

One of my most important projects is to provide a solution for detecting the equipment present in the topcase to ensure that it is returned correctly at the end of a ride

4. And what has been your biggest challenge working at YEGO?

My biggest challenge is to work in all phases of project development from ideation to the installation on all vehicles.

5. Can you give us more information about “End of Ride Item Detection”? How are you working on it?

One of my most important projects is to provide a solution for detecting the equipment present in the topcase to ensure that it is returned correctly at the end of a ride. After a prototyping phase of several solutions, we introduced several prototypes on a small series of scooters to determine the most interesting configuration for us. After analysing the results, the chosen solution must be the best price/performance/integration.

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6. Tell us something we don’t know about YEGO!

The very first YEGO scooters were modified by the founders at their parents’ garage. This is where they developed the connectivity solution which is still used today. It’s crazy to think that it all worked with DIY homemade dominoes…

I think the biggest challenge in the mobility industry is to ensure flawless security for users and to comply with ever-changing regulations

7. From your point of view, what are the most important needs of the mobility industry?

I think the biggest challenge in the mobility industry is to ensure flawless security for users and to comply with ever-changing regulations.

YEGO remains a small company compared to big companies behind some of our competitors. To stand out, we must stand out with a flawless user experience. Both in terms of design of the vehicles and the app or customer service, which must be hyper-responsive in case of problem. 

However, the need for shared micro mobility is growing rapidly, making it easy to use carbon-free means of transport.

8. Do you recommend Engineering careers?

Of course. You have to be passionate, patient and insightful because it never works the first time and as long as it doesn’t work, the project is not exploitable.

As far as I am concerned, I am convinced that mechatronics is a real solution for the future that is too often left by the side.. This discipline makes it possible to control and measure mechanical systems. Therefore it takes on its full meaning today in the age of the Internet of Things and Big Data. There are a lot of people in the sector of mechanics and IT but there is a real need for people to link the 2.

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