The automobile has changed dramatically since its birth at the beginning of the 20th Century, but the bicycle has remained much the same. Sure, bicycles these days are made out of all sorts of different materials and built to incredible precision, but the blueprint is mostly the same. Samsung however, look set on changing this blueprint for the bicycle and have created a smart bike that brings in your smartphone to help keep the cyclist safe among other things.
Samsung has teamed up with the prestigious Giovanni Pelizzoli brand from Italy and put their modern stamp on the hand-built design with smart sensors and more. It's unclear as to whether or not this is just a concept or Samsung will be releasing said device as a consumer product, but either way it's an interesting look at the future. The bike is loaded with arduino electronics, Bluetooth, WiFi, a rear-mounted camera and laser beams. Yepp, laser beams. All of these come together to offer safety features, if you have a Samsung smartphone that is,
The rear-mounted camera will send a live video feed through to your smartphone mounted on the bike, which allows you to see what's coming at a quick glance. Meanwhile, those laser beams – of which there are 4 projectors – all work together to create a sort of safety lane around the cyclist. This is so that drivers know how much space to give you and will obviously come in handy at night. All of this can be paired with a Samsung smartphone and controlled through the device, but there's no word on whether or not it'll work with any other type of smartphone.
As for the bike itself, it's constructed from aluminum tubes to keep weight down, as well as deliver a comfortable riding experience throughout towns and cities. Giovanni Pelizzoli is a known Italian bike manufacturer that builds bikes to an excellent standard and these enhancements should make for a safer bike. If this ever makes it to market, we wouldn't expect this to be a cheap bike by any means.