Ford e-Bikes with Special Features Becoming Reality
BARCELONA, Spain – At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which is closing its doors today, Ford has launched two electric folding bikes that fit into their cars. They are not just some ‘folders’, but very special ones that ingeniously connect to smartphones for establishing very special features.
At last year’s Taipei Cycle Show Ford and Dahon announced a licensing agreement. There it was said that, “Dahon will be working very close with Ford on a bike that would fit into a car. In other words a specific bike, in a specific place in a specific car.”
This must have resulted in two electric folding bikes presented at the Mobile World Congress. The models are named MoDe:Me. One is targeted to average riders while the MoDe:Me Pro ones is aiming at bike couriers that use their bikes more often and for longer rides. Both models are fitted with 200 Watt motors for pedal assistance up to 25 km/h.
Very special features
For the two Ford electric folders a special smartphone-app has been developed. That app allows very special features. Like when entering a destination the app automatically calculates what means of transport can be used best. When entering that destination the smart phone changes into a navigation system with some notable qualities. Like with grips that start to vibrate whenever the nav system indicates that the cyclist has to go left or right. At that moment also turn signals that are fitted on the Ford e-bike will be automatically activated.
With the app integration Ford MoDe: Me folding e-bikes must create a special cycling experience. With vibrating grips and automatically activated indicators that’s clearly the case.