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Ford shows off ‘MoDe’ e-bikes packed with features




Still from MWC in Barcelona, Ford gave the public a peek of its prototype electronic bikes. Dubbed as MoDe:Pro and MoDe:Me, these two bicycles aim to make commutes safer and more efficient.

Ford MoDe:Pro

Both the MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro are the winning designs from a company-wide challenge to build a smart e-bike. Below are some of their features.

  • Pairs to iPhones and charges them.
  • Folds up for storage.
  • Rear sensors that inform you if a car is getting too fast from behind. The bike will then vibrate to notify you and will flash a light at the driver as a sign of warning.
  • When you set a navigational route on your paired iPhone, the handlebar gives off a “haptic feedback” or a nudge to the direction you’re going to act as a reminder.
  • Two different horns — one for cars and one for pedestrians (slightly softer).
  • 200W motor
  • 9Ah battery
  • Speed up to 25km/h
  • “No Sweat Mode” so you could arrive at your destination still smelling fresh.
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Ford MoDe:Me

Some of the differences of the two is that MoDe:Pro is meant for delivery service and such, with a more rugged design. It also has an optional rear rack to carry your things.

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The MoDe:Me, on the other hand, is lighter and smaller. It is designed primarily for urban commuting and is portable enough to fit inside a car trunk.

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Those two prototype e-bikes aren’t the only things that were teased at the event. Ford also displayed the Info Cycle sensor kit which is “an open-source hardware and software sensor kit that can be installed on regular and electronic bikes”.

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It basically records user data like distance traveled, location of bike lanes, and even measures the amount of light present in a specific area. Again, there are just experiments and are still unsure if they will see the light of production in the future.

Check out the videos for both MoDe e-bikes and Info Cycle for more details.

Any thoughts? Do you think we could use something like these in the Philippines?

source: CNET



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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2 Responses

  1. Freeje says:

    The answer depends on the following:
    1) Affordable charging
    2) Bike lanes

    If the answer is yes to both then it’s doable.

  2. someguy says:

    How does “No Sweat Mode” work? Curious ako…

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