When an IoT is integrated into an electric bike, it becomes a smartbike, capable of communicating with its environment to provide an optimal experience for the rider.
Optimise performances with connected e-bikes
For curious or sports enthusiasts, the connected bike is an excellent way to track their daily performances. Indeed, the data collected by the IoT is processed and displayed in an entertaining way via a mobile application. As a result, cyclists have access to a variety of statistics, such as trip history, effort duration, average speed, calories burnt, etc. Thanks to all these indicators, cyclists can challenge themselves and track their progress from one period to another.
How connected bikes help make cycling more secure
After price, safety is the second biggest barrier to cycling. By providing a safer experience for cyclists, the connected bike is helping to change that. Thanks to connectivity, cyclists can secure their bikes both when riding and when parked. Connected bikes offer a wide range of functions to combat theft.
- Real-time geolocation: when the IoT integrates a geolocation system, cyclists can consult their bike’s position in real time. This enables them to track their bike and receive notifications on their phone in case of suspicious movements. This feature also maximizes the chances of recovering a stolen bike.
- Digital lock: from their phone, cyclists can carry out remote actions and check the status of their bike. They can lock or unlock it remotely and disable the electric power on the bike in case of theft, making it hard to ride.
- Sound alarm: If the electric bike is moved while in surveillance mode, an audible alarm can be triggered to deter theft.
Connected e-bikes, a safe way to ride
Rigorous maintenance is essential to ensure rider safety. Connectivity enables every player in the cycling industry to contribute to a safer e-bike experience. Firstly, thanks to the white-label mobile application, cyclists are supported in the daily maintenance of their bikes. The brand can provide personalized advice to guide them on this matter. In addition to advices, cyclists are also reminded to maintain critical parts such as brakes and tires with automated notifications. These reminders make it possible to implement a preventive maintenance system to know when a component is no longer in good condition, thus preventing breakdowns and total wear and tear.
How connected electric bikes can improve urban development?
Thanks to the data collected, cities can identify areas of high traffic density, places where traffic is slowed down and accident-prone areas. They can also determine cyclists’ travel habits, such as schedules and routes taken. This data is invaluable for rethinking and improving urban planning, by introducing infrastructures that better protect cyclists in traffic.
A controlled and ethical use of e-bikes
One of the main advantages of the connected bike is that it allows to really measure the ecological impact of its use. Thanks to the data collected, specifically the distance covered, it is possible to quantify the volume of CO2 saved compared to a car. Moreover, the predictive maintenance offered by connectivity extends the life of the electric bike, helping to reduce the carbon footprint associated with its manufacture and canceling out that of a potential new bike. Finally, by offering advanced functionalities, connectivity removes barriers to cycling, encouraging its adoption by a wider section of the population.
Discover Velco’s solutions for bicycle manufacturers
While connectivity brings innovation to cyclists, its application and high value to all industry players. Thanks to its software suite, Velco enables the entire value chain to optimize performances, with the aim of providing an ever safer and more attractive experience for cyclists.