Dutch University and Gazelle Work on Self-Stabilising Bicycle
DIEREN, the Netherlands – The Dutch Delft University of Technology and in particular its Sports Engineering Institute has been awarded the National Sportinnovator Award for its cycling project named “Faster and safer cornering with the sensorbike.” Royal Dutch Gazelle is closely involved this project.
Pon Bike Group owned Gazelle is with the Delft University working on a ‘smart’ bike, that corrects the positioning of the bicycle whenever the cyclist is about to fall.
This project is to enhance safety which is needed as the number of cycling accidents is increasing in the Netherlands. This has several causes, one of them being instability on bicycles and in particular e-bikes of the elderly. Answering this problem is the self-stabilising bike.
The self-stabilising bike is the world’s first bicycle with a system, developed by the Delft Technical University, that can keep a bike upright thanks to a small electric motor integrated in the handlebar. This motor adjusts the steering whenever a cyclist is likely to fall. Helped by this innovation both cyclist and bicycle can be kept stable at speed up from 4 km/h. The concept is that the smart bike results in people of all ages can safely keep cycling.
Cooperation TU Delft & Royal Dutch Gazelle
The winning project offers however more. The cooperation between TU Delft and Royal Dutch Gazelle has on the one hand a social impact, enhancing the safety of cyclists. On the other hand TU Delft together with Pro Team Giant-Alpecin, active on the highest level in cycling sports, creates added value in sporting terms. The aim is, cooperating with the cycling team, to improve bike integrated technology for going downhill. This is done with a sensor equipped road racer that carries out measurements and thus provides inside information on speed, steering and braking. Via an app racers and coaches receive feedback on their decisions during trial runs. With the available data steering and braking patterns can be optimized.