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eBicycles With Vibrating Handlebars

eBicycles With Vibrating Handlebars
Bicycle enthusiasts and gadget lovers got their fix of excitement this week at Mobile World Congress, as Ford brought a pair of smart e-bike prototypes to the show.  The bikes, MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro, can alert you of hazards lying ahead or behind, communicate with other vehicles, and even charge your smartphone.
The device is placed in a cradle on the bicycle's handlebars, out of reach from accidental swipes and safely secured so it doesn't fall out.

Both bicycles are e-bikes, offering electric, adjustable pedal assistance so the bicycle takes over if pedaling becomes too difficult.  Each is equipped with a 200-watt motor with a 9-amp-hour battery providing pedal assistance for speeds up to 25 km/h.

The real main different between the two prototypes is the size.  The MoDe:Me is very compact, while the MoDe:Pro is bigger and primarily aimed for urban commercial use, such as bike messengers.

For everything to work in sync, you will need the MoDe:Link smartphone app, allowing you to navigate location data and signal lights.  My guess is the app would be available to most, if not all, device types.


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