Visiobike ups the e-bike ante for comfort, convenience and safety

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It's a hybrid, it connects to your iPhone and it's made of carbon fibre. It's the new smart bike and it's everything but a plane.

The self-proclaimed "future-proof" Visiobike offers safety features that reduce the stress of two-wheel transport in urban settings in addition to a light frame and motor operability to ease travel for riders more concerned with saving time than burning calories.

For example, urban professionals looking to save time on their commute without compromising safety or breaking a sweat in their office-wear would benefit from Visiobike's functions.

The motor-assist feature allows riders to travel at speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour with a range of 120 kilometres and the most upscale model offers automatic gear-shifting.

Unlike other e-bikes, which operate on batteries, Visiobike needs to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth to put the wheels in motion.

Once connected, the smartphone opens the Visiobike's app, which offers navigation functions and safety features like a wide-angle rear-view camera, accident impact detection that connects to emergency services within 60 seconds unless the user declines, and automatic lights activation.

If Visiobike detects an accident, it records it automatically for up to three minutes.

Its tires are claimed to be puncture proof.

Armed with anti-theft features that include SMS notification if the bike is moved and GPS tracking, the bike is code-protected and appears difficult to steal.

This is good news for users, who can expect to pay up to Ä5,000 ($7,453) for a Visiobike.

The Croatia-based company has started Indiegogo fundraising with the goal of earning Ä180,000 by July 7.

The bike is currently available for pre-order in a variety of packages, starting at Ä3,900 for a watered-down model with a slower 24-kph motor and without the automatic gear-changing and rear-view camera.

The first bikes are expected to ship in August.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/visiobike-the-most-sophisticated-ebike-in-the-world--2


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