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Pothole-Detecting Bikes

The 'Mode: Flex' is an Urban Smart Bike That Can Detect Road Hazards

— July 8, 2015 — Tech
Ford recently unveiled an urban smart bike that can not only fit in the trunk of your car, but it can also help you navigate dangerous road hazards. The 'MoDe: Flex' is an app-enabled bike that contains all the features necessary for keeping you safe and comfortable while riding around the city.

The MoDe: Flex is integrated with an accompanying app that can help you better manage your ride in a number of ways. For instance, there is a 'no sweat' mode that calculates exactly how much effort you need to exert in order to get to your destination. There is also a handy feature that displays weather updates, traffic conditions and any terrain hazards that may be ahead of you. This means that if you are coming up on any potholes or bumps in the road, the bikes handlebars will begin to vibrate and alert you to the oncoming hazard.

The urban smart bike is ideal for commuters who often find themselves trying to navigate the many terrain hazards that come with living in a city.
Trend Themes
1. Smart Bike Technology - The integration of app-enabled technology and sensors in urban smart bikes creates the opportunity for safer and more efficient transportation in cities.
2. Road Hazard Detection - The development of bikes with built-in sensors and alert systems for detecting and warning about road hazards like potholes opens up opportunities for improving cyclist safety and preventing accidents.
3. Personalized Bike Navigation - The use of smart bike apps that provide real-time updates on weather conditions, traffic, and terrain hazards allows for personalized and optimized bike navigation experiences.
Industry Implications
1. Transportation - The transportation industry can benefit from integrating smart bike technology into urban infrastructure to improve transportation options and reduce traffic congestion.
2. Cycling Equipment - The cycling equipment industry has the opportunity to develop and market bikes and accessories with built-in sensors and alert systems for road hazard detection, providing a safer riding experience.
3. Mobile App Development - The mobile app development industry can capitalize on the demand for smart bike apps that provide real-time updates on weather, traffic, and road hazards for enhanced navigation and safety.
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