4/18/2017

Smart urban commuter bike features built-in sensors, navigation, & performance tracking


The sleek Vanhawks Valour is a carbon fiber beauty that integrates a 'connected' platform in a bid to reshape urban commuting
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While the high-tech trend in commuter cycling is moving rapidly toward e-bikes, not all new 'smart' bikes are electric bicycles, and with good reason. Not every bike needs to be electric, and not every commuter needs or wants an e-bike, and while electric bikes can be just the right transport option for some people, there are still plenty (maybe the majority) of riders that will stick with a conventional bicycle for their commute. But there are companies working on the middle ground between completely conventional bicycles and fully-connected electric bikes, such as Vanhawks, which builds what it calls "the world’s first fully-connected smart bike."

Lloyd wrote about the Vanhawks Valour in early 2014, when the company went to Kickstarter to crowdfund "the bike of the future," and after that very successful campaign, Vanhawks is now offering the Valour in a number of different configurations, all with the same core smart technology and carbon fiber frame and fork.

The Valour integrates a suite of sensors for both safety and data tracking purposes, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, speed sensor, and blindspot detection sensors, which are intended to "enhance" the riding experience and allow riders to "commute with peace of mind." Considering the amount of coverage that the sensor suites in new cars get, which enable lane-keeping, collision warnings, blindspot detection, and soon-to-be autonomous driving, putting these types of safety features on bicycles seems kind of like a no-brainer, and adding screen-free navigation aids to bikes could be a real attention saver for riders....more