In E-bike: Applying modern technology to urban mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 2 of this blog series I have described the application of the electronics technology to e-bikes, that are powerful enough to be utilized in demonstrative e-ride contests. Because of their easy usage, the e-bikes are more frequently being utilized in everyday life for multiple usages, to (see Figure 1):
- Research a point of interest inside an urban area by mean of a GPS module integrated into the e-bike.
- Receive text messages containing a destination point from a smartphone and to track the optimal itinerary to reach that destination.
- Plan an outside e-bike riding session, including the “bring me at home” function.
- Monitor the biological parameters of the e-biker during the e-bike cycling session and the effects of the training; both for safety and performance monitoring.
For a larger image click on the link below to the Bosch Nyon website
The e-biking experience with the Nyon on board computer from Bosh (Source: Nyon)
All of the above functionalities are included in the system Nyon , an on board computer for e-bike, made by the Bosh Company: the Nyon system has a dedicated app that manages the connection of the e-bike to the internet and it monitors and it records the fitness data (see Figure 2):
“With the smartphone app “eBike-connect” and here on “eBike-Connect.com”, Nyon gives you access to the networked eBike World – for more comfort, safety, and individuality when ebiking.” (Source: connect-your-way)
The Nyon on board computer for e-bike (Source: connect-your-way.com)
See this video for more information on the Connect-your-way.com site:
The e-bike is thus becoming an interesting solution because it represents a smart transportation vehicle connected to the net, hence an “internet of bikes” is a good solution to monitor and map the itinerary of an e-bike by utilizing a GPS module, and some accelerometers and temperature sensors integrated inside the e-bike, for locking and to protect the e-bike itself (see Figure 3):
“… how Lock8 works: The device arrives as a Bluetooth-connected hub, which mounts to your frame via an aluminum clip. You secure it using a wired cable, which is the bit that locks into the hub itself. Inside the hub, there's a gyro-accelerometer (to detect motion), along with sensors for light, temperature, GPS, and vibration. The batteries are charged as you ride, thanks to a set of magnets that attach to the bike’s wheel reflectors. … But Lock8's real selling point is its alarm function: If the internal accelerometer or thermometer senses tampering by saw or flame, it sends a text alert to you (or any number of friends). It also triggers a loud alarm. Of course, as we’ve seen with microchipped bikes that have been stolen in the past, actually recovering the bike is up to you (or, hopefully, the police).Maybe the most compelling part of Lock8’s pitch isn’t the alarm protection or keyless unlocking—it’s the device’s potential for creating shared networks of bikes. Because you can add and delete fellow unlockers at will, it’d be easy to create a widely-accessible network of bikes—shared either by a group of friends or even a hotel’s customers. The Lock8 app includes a set of community features that are designed to foster communities around the locks—for example, a “rent” option that will let you put your bike up for rent online.” (Source: gizmodo.com)
The Lock8 smart lock and its app (Source: Lock8)
Electronic ICs are a perfect fit to help realize the e-bike setup of a wireless connection, as shown in Figure 4:
The range of applications of the SimpleLink GPS CC4000, a fully integrated GPS solution by the Texas Instruments Company (Source: ti.com)
The potential of electronics technology applied to the e-bike solution is an expression of a new high potential IoT technology that connects to the net so many more smart electronics objects, like e-bikes, by means of dedicated apps installed on the smartphone of the user. What do you think of this approach?