As part of their new Smart Mobility action plan, Ford has unveiled a new high-tech bike named MoDe:Flex eBike. A very versatile bike it comes with three riding modes – city, road and mountain and rider can easily switch between modes even when riding. It also has its own smartwatch/phone app called MoDe:Link, it offer real time information about traffic, weather, parking costs, commuting time and public transformation. App also helps plan routes.
A big advantage of the bike – it is designed to easily taken apart, fold and store. It can be charged even when folded and stored from a car outlet or an external charger. A function called “no sweat mode” listens to rider’s heart rate and automatically adjust electrical pedal assistance to keep the rider from breaking a sweat. The app also offer safety features such as if there is a pothole in the street or a car is about to overtake, the handlebars lightly vibrate to give the cyclist a gently warning.
The high tech goodness doesn’t stop with ‘no sweat”. The app also offer safety features, for instance if there is a pothole in the street or a car is about to overtake, the handlebars lightly vibrate to give the cyclist a gently warning. The MoDe:Flex eBike also comes equipped with specially designed LED lights, a feature borrowed from Ford’s latest car models. They are integrated into the body of the bike to power the headlight and taillight.
“My great-grandfather helped put the world on wheels so everyone could enjoy the benefits of mobility,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. He also added “Our vision today is to expand that same thinking using advanced technology and new business models, and addressing the mobility challenges people face around the world.”
The MoDe:Flex eBike is the third advanced bike designed by Ford, the first two are Mode:Me and Mode:Pro. This is still in development stage and the automaker did not offer additional information such as release date and pricing.