After Google’s Self-Driving Cars, Is a Samsung Smart Bike Next?
Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has unveiled its Smart Bike at a design trade show in Milan. According to DesignBoom, the bicycle is equipped with safety features that can be controlled via a Samsung smartphone. They include four laser beams that project an individual bike lane onto the road, an integrated GPS system, and a rearview camera that will stream a video feed to the Samsung phone, which the user would mount on the handlebars for easy access.
The phone can also display directions from the bike’s GPS unit, and turn the laser beams on and off. All of those features are controlled by an Arduino mounted in the bike’s frame, which is curved to reduce the vibrations caused by rough streets. The Smart Bike is described as “a computer you can ride” by Business Insider, which also reports that the bike is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The smart bike is the latest in a number of announcements pointing towards safety as the most popular focus of the tech currently being developed for transportation. BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) subsidiary QNX recently announced a new operating system for car safety and security. CNET reports that the QNX OS for Automotive Safety 1.0 will support features like a heads-up display, advanced driver assistance systems, and digital instruments. Collision warning systems manufactured by a number of different companies scan the road ahead to alert the driver and either prepare the braking system or automatically apply the brakes. And the premise of Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) driverless cars is that taking human drivers out of the equation will eliminate drunk and distracted driving to result in safer (plus more convenient) transportation for everyone.