Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro0
Visiobike Is A Gorgeous Smartphone Disguised As An E-Bike
Does the world of electric bikes need shaking up? The creators of Visiobike think so, and thier beautiful e-bike has turned to IndieGoGo for funding. With two years of development time already behind them, it’s make-it or break-it for this stunning vision of the future.
With a carbon fiber monocoque serving as the foundation for this amazing e-bike, the Visiobike can be powered by either a 250 or 500 watt pedal-assist. The smaller motor tops out at 15.5 MPH, while the bigger motor can zip you off at speeds as high as 28 MPH (though local laws may limit the top speed). So it’s light and it’s fast, which is cool and all, but so are lots of other e-bikes. The hook comes in the form of a heavily-integrated smartphone-capable system that turns your pocket device into an extension of the Visiobike. Plug your smartphone in, and it becomes one with the e-bike, displaying pertinent information like speedometer, battery life, trip distance, light control, and Google Maps-powered navigation.
Not too shabby, but the Visiobike goes even deeper than that, offering an optional rear-mounted camera that turns your smartphone into a rearview mirror. Now you can see the idiots coming for you, though that isn’t always enough, in which case an automatic emergency app sends your GPS coordinates to emergency services and a pre-selected contact after 60 seconds, unless you manually decline. The Visiobike even holds onto three minutes of footage from the rear camera if an accident is detected, to serve later as evidence in court.
Need more security? Visiobike has you covered, offering a GPS tracking service and theft-prevention features like an automatic rear-wheel lock if someone tries to steal your ride.And you’ll want to protect your investment, with the base Visiobike starting at 3900 Euro, or about $5,000. Add the automatic transmission, VIsiocam, and 500 watt motor, and you’re going to spend 4950 Euro, or about $6,700. The company is looking to raise 180,000 Euro via their IndieGoGo campaign, which kicked off a few days ago.
Sure, it’s not cheap, but think of all the money you’ll save on gasoline?