Cars, Bikes, Trains and Planes

At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford Motor Co. stepped into a new era of commuting seamlessly between different forms of transport by offering prototypes of two new bicycle designs.

Both bikes rely on sensors that detect autos and are linked to a mobile phone app. As a car approaches the bike, the handlebars flash to make the car driver more aware of the cyclist. Meanwhile, the cyclist gets haptic information, such as a vibration, that the car is coming.

Ford’s MoDe:Me electric folding bicycle is the lightest of two offerings.

The lighter of the two bikes easily folds up and can become part of a multimobile plan that involves using a car (in which the bike easily fits folded up) as well as public transportation. A commuter could drive partway to work and park and then unfold the bike and ride on a path to a subway stop, and then fold up the bike and take it the rest of the way.

The larger bike is a rugged commuter with an oversized rack in back for deliveries or enough space for you to take lots of work home from the office. Both bikes come with a rechargeable battery pack to power a 200-watt motor that carries commuters up hills effortlessly.

To a bright future,

Stephen Petranek
for Seven Figure Publishing

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