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Engineers Develop 'Smart Bikes' to Improve Cycling Safety, Efficiency

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Northern Arizona University's Chun-Hsing Ho and students in Ho's lab with a bike

Associate Professor Chun-Hsing Ho (center) and his team are working to incorporate advanced technologies into bicycles.

Credit: Northern Arizona University

A team of Northern Arizona University engineers is developing an instrumented bike that improves bike efficiency, safety, and mobility, with an eye on increasing cycling activities so as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars.  

The bike will be equipped with a sensor logger and a video device that will be linked to a mobile app and a cloud server/website to detect real-time quality of cycling infrastructure systems such as bike trails, sidewalks, and pedestrian pathways. This information can be immediately shared with cyclists and municipal authorities who manage the cycling infrastructure so cyclists will be aware of upcoming potential hazards and be able to adjust their cycling route accordingly.

Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center Pacific Southwest Region, the research team of NAU Associate Professor Chun-Hsing Ho, Associate Professor Brendan Russo, and Assistant Professor Steven Gehrke will hire a graduate student and one or two undergraduate students to facilitate the sensor assembling and bicycling both in the laboratory and the field.

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