The VeliSo Mirage smart bike has some lofty goals, turning the simple bicycle into a sophisticated safety system using AI and machine learning to keep the rider safe from collision, skidding and other common dangers. While the sleek concept above shows what it could look like if they reach their lofty crowdfunding goal of $500,000, the prototype shows all the wires needed to develop proof of concept:

VeliSo Mirage aims to be the worlds safest bicycle with automotive technologies like collision avoidance anti-lock braking and tire pressure monitors

As far fetched (and perhaps unnecessary) some of this seems, there are some potentially game changing applications if they can get the parts small and light enough. Imagine a 360º proximity sensor that showed a higher definition look at what’s around you than the Garmin Varia radar system. For pro racers, knowing someone’s in your draft and which side they’re likely to attack on might be the difference between first, and first loser. For commuters, anti-lock braking systems are a no-brainer and an electronic system could end up smaller than the options we saw at Eurobike this year. Fat bikers and gravel racers could certainly benefit from automatic tire pressure management that maximized the traction based on terrain sensors.

aftermarket collision avoidance and anti-lock brake system for bicycles from veliSo

In addition to the complete bicycle concept with integrated body panels, they’re looking to provide some or all of the parts as add-on aftermarket units that can bolt to your existing commuter bike.

aftermarket collision avoidance and anti-lock brake system for bicycles from veliSo

If funded, the form factor would look much more elegant than the Frankenstein’s monster of a prototype in the video. The complete concept bike would likely come as an e-bike, which might be a welcome assist for carrying the additional weight.

VeliSo Mirage aims to be the worlds safest bicycle with automotive technologies like collision avoidance anti-lock braking and tire pressure monitors

VeliSo Mirage aims to be the worlds safest bicycle with automotive technologies like collision avoidance anti-lock braking and tire pressure monitors

The company plans on using existing technology in most cases, borrowing heavily from the automotive industry. The lowest priced backer rewards are the ETPM (electronic tire pressure monitor) shown in yellow and the electronic disc brake system shown in red, for $275 and $475, respectively. Get the whole add-on package including sensor array for $1,175, or just go for the complete bike for a pledge of $6,675. Final retail is set at $8,775 with delivery expected in October 2018 if goals are met. Check out the campaign page here for a whole lot more tech talk.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Meh. Add a couple wheels and a motor and maybe I’m in. Meanwhile, I’ll stick with my regular bike, which doesn’t need these particular solutions to these nonexistent problems.

  2. So, let me get this straight…cyclists are primarily to blame for their own accidents and fatalities? So, will this keep me from getting railed by an SUV from behind? Will I be able to magically jump off my bike thanks to this early warning system? (deleted).

  3. What a pile! If you are that inept and devoid of situational awareness, just take a bus. Because no amount of electronic incoming projectile / collision avoidance nanny sensors are going to save you.

    • BMX: Vektar?! Never seen that one. What a piece. Was it for real, farce, April 1?
      Regarding your criticism of BS statistics, I disagree. Few things can be labeled 100%.
      I can say with pride that every time I’ve gone ass over teakettle it was due to my own misjudgment.
      Equipment failure happens. So we take care of our whip.
      Ride as hard as you want but don’t assume that you have the “right of way”. Assume that we are not seen. We navigate through a kinda sick world on a proper simple machine.

  4. obvious pump and dump. this type of fundraising should be illegal. although anyone who invests probably deserves to lose there money.

  5. For when learning to be a better rider and being aware of your environment is too much work. Thank you for allowing the gene pool to degenerate…

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