In order to reduce the number of cycling accidents, a Dutch company is currently developing an anti-fall mechanism to protect senior cyclists.
The world of electric bikes is constantly improving. Manufacturers are working on performance to offer more autonomous, lighter or more connected e-bikes, but also on user safety. A Dutch company has developed a prototype system that should prevent electric bike riders from falling.
Like ABS on cars or brake correctors, this intelligent steering assistant is designed to stabilize the bike in case of abnormal movements. In Holland, the country that has the most bicycle users, cyclists are the first victims of the road, and especially the over 55s. This segment is the main target of this stabilizer mechanism.
Starting from the sad fact that every year, 55 cyclists aged 55 and over lose their lives riding their bikes, the bike manufacturing company Koninklijke Gazelle and the Delft University of Technology have developed this intelligent system.
While doing so, they studied 25 parameters that affect the stabilization cycle. They then equipped the bike with a motor that captures these abnormal inclinations and adjusts the bike, so that it stays as straight as possible.
The tests performed are quite conclusive and help stabilizes the bike when its riding speed is over 4 km / h. There are still many areas of improvement necessary for this tracker to equip e-bikes in mass production.
The stabilization system will be ready for the market in the coming years. Its sole purpose will be to reduce the mortality rate of older cyclists. Great idea of technological innovation to be put at the service of the riders!
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on NeoZone. Photo credit – public domain.