Superpedestrian’s human-enhancing bike technology expands to UK and Europe
Superpedestrian, a transportation robotics company, announced the availability of its Copenhagen Wheel in the UK and across Europe. The Copenhagen Wheel is a red hub that the company says can be easily installed on any regular bike, transforming it into an affordable electric bike. The Copenhagen Wheel reportedly provides the rider with the benefits of an e-bike while maintaining the authentic experience of a traditional bike ride. A smartphone app acts as the rider's digital key, activating and controlling the wheel.
Superpedestrian says each Copenhagen Wheel is built to order and is customizable at its new production facility in the Netherlands. It will be available immediately to customers in Europe and the UK.
Superpedestrian's Copenhagen Wheel was invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and developed in Cambridge, MA. The Copenhagen Wheel reportedly features the first commercial use of human-enhancing technology that responds and adapts to a rider's natural biking style. The wheel directly measures a rider's power output, speed, torque, and cadence at a rate of 100 times per second to deliver the right boost at the right time.
"We realized there was a tremendous opportunity to improve the technology and experience of riding an e-bike. We developed new sensors, controllers, and alloys to enable an e-bike that performs exactly like a traditional bike, but makes you 10-20 times stronger," said Assaf Biderman, Founder and CEO of Superpedestrian and co-inventor of the wheel.
All of the technology is inside the red hub with no external wires, batteries, or buttons to press. Riders connect the wheel to their smartphones via Bluetooth and can customize the cycling experience with riding modes like Turbo, Eco, and Exercise. The wheel is equipped with a battery-powered motor that enables riders to ride up to 20 km/h (12 mph) and cover distances of 50 km (31 mi) with one battery charge.
The Copenhagen Wheel provides riders with a self-diagnostic system, and Superpedestrian says it handles repairs and replacements locally, with new wheels sent immediately upon request.
The Copenhagen Wheel is available for purchase in pounds, euros, and U.S. dollars, and ships within 5-7 business days. For more information about Superpedestrian and to order the Copenhagen Wheel, visit http://bit.ly/CopenhagenWheelEurope.