Connectivity Gets Hot at E-Bikes
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – Connecting electric bikes with smart phones started as a phenomena last year at Eurobike. This year it’s getting well established with specific software suppliers like eSocialBike while e-bike drive makers like Continental is presenting a Bluetooth display with smartphone app.
With the new Bluetooth display, Continental provides a connectivity solution for e-bikes. The present display of the Conti eBike System is equipped with a Bluetooth interface, which allows a smartphone app specially developed for the system to communicate with the display in both directions. Performance data from the drive system can therefore be combined with the intelligent processing system of the smartphone. This enables a considerably more accurate calculation of the remaining range and other values. The shared information can be shown on both displays. When the two devices are paired, the e-bike display will move into an advanced presentation mode, so that it can show additional functions. The smartphone can then either be mounted on the handlebars as well, to supplement the e-bike display with an extended functionality, or be kept in your pocket.
One of the most important additional functions is navigation, which is provided via the smartphone app. Routes are calculated depending on the range still available and the resulting support mode, then step-by-step direction instructions with distance information show the way on the eBike display. Here the cyclist is provided with multiple map and routing options:
- Online via the smartphone data connection, or offline, primarily via OpenStreetMaps
- Routing with optional altitude profile
- GPX Track Management: save, import, and share routes
- Point-Of-Interest (POI) search and directions
The smartphone app is tailored exclusively to the Conti e-bike System and is provided free of charge via the iTunes App store (Apple) and the Google Play Store (Android).