Technology Helps Turn Bikes Into Smart Transport
July 8th, 2016 | by Web Desk
Technology Helps Turn Bikes Into Smart Alternative Transport, You Will Love The Way To Travel
Those who love circling would not mind breaking their sweat while climbing steep hills. However, not everyone is willing to put in the effort, especially when there are many other means of transport. However, that may soon change thanks to the creation of an inexpensive engine prototype by Semcon engineers.
Semcon, a Swedish tech company says that its gadget is aimed at making electric bikes affordable to the general population. Unlike other similar gadgets that cost from a minimum of $200, this smart engine could cost even less than $100 once its finally released to the market.
Making the bicycle engine at such a low price has been made possible by the development of technologies such as the Arduino computer and the use of 3-D printing.
The gadget has numerous advantages over most of its predecessors beginning with its weight. It weighs only a little above 1 kg and it can be mounted on the frame of any regular bike. This means that it can be easily shared among friends and family. Its small computer also makes the gadget smart by adapting itself to the rider’s cycling moves. Once the rider’s speed picks up to about 7km/h, it kicks in and offers assistance through a motor that contacts the rear wheel of the bike. It then powers off when the bicycle attains a speed of 25km/h, thus ensuring the rider’s safety is in check.
The unit contains a rechargeable battery that can hold power for up to three miles. Since the gadget is still at the prototype stage, many more improvements could be made, including the increase of battery life. The 150-watt output of the battery was a compromise the engineers had to make between increasing battery life and reducing the gadget’s weight. The addition of the small internal computer was also a strategic move by the engineers. It lays the foundation for other future developments such as creating apps to aid in tracking, training, and anti-theft measures.