X One electric bike with facial recognition, in-built touchscreen computer available for pre-order
Rayvolt, a company from Barcelona that designs futuristic bikes, has developed X One, an electric bike that integrates facial recognition and multiple patented technologies, product which will be available in 2020, according to their Indiegogo campaign page.
The bike comes with an advanced Android-powered touchscreen computer that lets the user check speed and battery level, and set motorized pedaling assistance level. The owner is identified thanks to the facial recognition feature that will also unlock the bike.
In terms of design, the bike has an aluminum-carbon frame with an almost undetectable 42 volt, 16Ah Samsung or Panasonic battery pack that supports, the company claims, a motor-assisted pedaling range of either 50 or 75 km (31 or 47 miles) on a single charge which takes about 4 hours.
The bike is equipped with a 250W or 750W rear hub motor and can reach a maximum speed of 25 km/h (16 mph), while the Power model can reach 45 km/h (28 mph).
It incorporates smart tail-lights, so it can be used any time during the day, and light sensors on the handlebars that lets other drivers know which way you’re going. At a weight of just 22 kg (48 lb) it also comes with hydraulic disk brakes, handlebars with internal cable routing and a 7-speed hub transmission. The pedals can also be rolled backward to slow down. The bike can be pre-ordered online through the Indiegogo website at prices ranging between $1999 to $2199; the company currently offers a 50 percent discount.
Another recent successful crowdfunding campaign that will probably hit the market soon is a biometric bike lock called Ziilock that lets users use fingerprints to lock and unlock the bike remotely with Bluetooth connectivity, and stores up to 20 fingerprints to allow use by multiple cyclists.