In the world in which some cars are capable to drive themselves, the bike industry decided to step from the dark age with a smart and connected bike concept and add another product to the growing category of the “Internet of Things.” Said concept/trend refers to the idea that all devices, objects and systems could be web connected and share information in the future. Experts believe this will have a widespread effect on the way we live our everyday lives by 2025.
A Kickstarter campaign for the Vanhawks Valour smart bike connects with a smartphone app and brings tech like GPS directly to the handle bars. The concept is part of a greater effort to help bikers keep their eyes on the road, especially during high-traffic commuting times.
In addition to giving turn-by-turn directions, this smart bike can learn where the potholes are and can suggest the safest route.Similar to a fitness wristband tracker, the bike keeps track of one’s riding progress: it monitors and logs distance traveled, calories burned and duration of the ride. That data is housed in a corresponding app, using which bikers can later analyze the details and set goals.
In addition to giving turn-by-turn directions, the bike gets smarter over time too – it learns where the potholes are and can suggest the safest route. And because it’s connected to a network, the company is quickly notified when one goes missing to help aid in its recovery.
Another helpful perk that every rider could use is in the blind spot detection. The Valour alerts the rider with haptic/vibrating feedback through the handle bar grips when an object enters a blind spot.
The bike campaign has already raised more than $400,000, well beyond its $100,000 funding goal. Backers can pre-order the bike now for $1,049 (single-speed fixed gear) or $1,199 for a multi-speed unit, both of which are said to ship in November.