I don’t know if this possible where you come from, where i’m from, having a car to go to work is the thing and bicycles are viewed for the lower/bottom class citizens. But is this futuristic thinking and does it carry a message of sustainability?In the Netherlands, bicycles outnumber the population size (~17 million) by about a million and there are some 25,000 kms of bike paths. It is therefore important to continuously develop this popular mode of transport.
In this spirit, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has developed the very first ‘smart’ bike: it runs on electricity and sports a forward-looking radar mounted below the handlebars and a camera in the rear mudguard. The forward and rearward detection devices on the prototype are linked through an onboard computer with a vibrating warning system installed in the bicycle’s saddle and handlebars to alert cyclists to impending danger. The saddle vibrates when other cyclists approach from behind, while the handlebars do the same when obstacles appear ahead.
The bike is developed to decrease the number of road injuries involving bikes. “Accidents often happen when cyclists look behind them or get a fright when they are passed at high speed,” said Maurice Kwakkernaat, one of TNO’s research scientists involved in the project.“This type of bicycle is truly needed in the Netherlands because it will help us down bring the number of elderly people who are injured every year and allow them to continue enjoy cycling,” she said.
A commercial-available bicycle is expected to be on the market in the next two years and should sell for between 1,700 euros ($1,800) to 3,200 euros per bicycle.