Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel is to introduce new technology developed using user data gathered
Superpedestrian’s Copenhagen Wheel has been gathering data from the miles travelled by its users to develop new services and technologies. This data will be used to make the user experience safer and more effective, according to the developer’s CEO.
The e-bicycle developer launched five years ago and since then has become a popular ride sharing option for users. However, the growing demand for ride-sharing vehicles as the industry grows sees the challenge of maintaining and monitoring performance for larger fleets.
This new technology aims to combat these issues by introducing onboard self-diagnosis systems on each bike, meaning that any issues will be reported without having to wait for users to do so. It will also introduce a sensor self-calibration system, which can fix a wide range of issues without the need for interference. Data is sent from the bikes to the cloud in real-time, which Superpedestrian states will allow for work to be done more efficiently by proactively planning maintenance.
The technology has been developed for e-bicycles specifically but could be adapted for the use of electric scooters, electric mopeds and other light electric vehicles. This news could be particularly exciting considering the sudden growth that electric ride sharing services has seen in 2018 alone, something which Superpedestrain’s CEO Assaf Biderman commented on:
“We’ve had this technology, we’ve invested a lot in it and we’ve been improving it continuously over almost four years. All of a sudden at the end of last year the floodgates opened, and the whole industry is now getting into shared e-bikes. Bike sharing, ride hailing, all throughout the world — Europe, US, Asia — everybody is basically preparing now to invest in those fleets.”
Ride sharing alternatives are becoming an increasingly popular option. You need to only look at the stir that electric scooters are causing in LA currently, with officials rushing to put in place regulations that ensure the “last-mile” travel options are used in a safe way for both users and pedestrians. The City of San-Francisco has just introduced new regulations which require electric scooter companies to apply for a permit to have their scooters on the street. E-Scooter companies have until June 4 to apply for a permit or remove its scooters.
Uber has even jumped in on the action with the announcement that they had bought the e-bike sharing company, Jump, back in April. It plans to integrate the alternative to calling a car, which may take longer and would be more expensive than the US$2 that Jump currently charge per 30 minutes usage, with its already popular Uber app.
Specifics on the technology provided by Superpedestrian have so far been quite scarce and have preferred to discuss current technology present in its e-bikes, something which Electrek points out could give them the competitive edge in an industry suddenly bursting with electric light vehicle start-ups. While we may have to wait for the details it is encouraging to see companies already looking for solutions to combat expected issues in a growing industry, which ultimately will lead to a vast increase in fleet vehicles over a short period of time.