Open-Source E-Bike Uses Smartphone As On-Board Computer

Staff Writer | | October 9, 2012

Cyclists who use their two-wheeler for sports or tricks have already seen steps to incorporate technology into their rides with the Audi e-bike Wörthersee, and now urban mobility startup Velo is hoping to make an open source computer-aided e-bike available to everyone in the form of the Velo-1.

As well as being powered electronically, the bike has an onboard Arduino controlled through the user’s smartphone, which is placed in a secure holder at the handlebars and connects to the bike via Bluetooth. The computer allows for automatic gear shifting – which in fitness mode can simulate inclines and descents on flat roads – as well as enabling riders to see how far they will be able to travel on the available battery. The app also recommends safe cycling routes....