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eBicycles With Vibrating Handlebars

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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.


Posted by ilovetechnology in Technology
Apr 12, 2016 12:00am


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