E-bikes are on the brink of becoming more advanced due to artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI will offer seamless operation and eliminate the need for e-bike gears. AI-powered e-bikes will even incorporate car-like features such as cruise control and lane assist.
These innovative concepts are already making their way into the market. As reported by SmartHouse, Taiwanese electronics company Acer recently showcased their AI-driven ebii e-bike at the IFA 2023 global trade show in Berlin.
Different companies are implementing AI technology in different ways. The Acer ebii e-bike, for instance, boasts an intelligent vehicle control box that houses all the necessary electronics, along with its battery box.
According to Acer, riders of the ebii e-bike won’t need to manually change gears. The AI system will automatically sense the riding conditions and adjust the gears accordingly. Acer’s aim is to provide a smooth and intuitive riding experience.
In addition, riders won’t have to manually adjust the level of electric motor assistance. Acer’s ebiiAssist function will learn the rider’s pedaling power and preferred level of assistance over time, thereby adapting to their riding habits. Bike functions can be accessed through a dedicated mobile app called ebiiGo.
Acer has also made the ebii e-bike much lighter than the competition. The ebii weighs only 16 kg.
— Acer India (@Acer_India) June 2, 2023
Acer isn’t the only company to leverage AI.
In June, Urtopia, a European e-bike retailer, introduced a ChatGPT-powered e-bike. Urtopia’s e-bike uses generative AI’s natural language capabilities to respond to queries on a variety of tasks. These tasks include changing flat tires and providing road directions.
Additionally, the e-bike is equipped with GPS navigation, anti-theft measures, and data recording.
A third e-bike company that is harnessing AI is Weel. David Hansen, co-founder of Weel, reveals that Weel’s e-bikes will soon incorporate cruise control to maintain a steady predetermined speed.
Weel will also ensure proper bike lane navigation with lane assist technology. Furthermore, the company will protect inexperienced riders by automatically applying front and back brakes simultaneously.
In 2022, Weel released the EV-B, an e-bike that primarily relies on software for its operation. Braking is performed by motors in the front and rear, while a separate steering motor maintains rider balance. This innovative bike possesses a 360-degree awareness and can differentiate between bike and car lanes.
The EV-B provides familiar car-like assistance during rides. Software-driven features such as advanced driver assistance, lane assist, auto-braking, cruise control, and more are the highlights of this mechanically simplified yet software-complex bike.
The EV-B also features an assistive system that resembles Tesla’s technology. The EV-B’s assistive system enables riders to both hear and see approaching vehicles from behind.
Furthermore, the EV-B is even capable of recognizing when it is being taken up stairs. A recent Weel video showcased a child effortlessly ascending stairs while accompanied by the Weel e-bike.
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