Cowboy electric bikes getting automatic crash detection for free

Homeowners of older Cowboy 2 and brand-new Cowboy 3 e-bikes will obtain a free software program replace that provides crash detection by the top of September. It’s an industry-first security characteristic, in line with the Belgian startup that just lately took in €23 million for expansion.

Cowboy can detect a fall utilizing the bike’s built-in sensors. The corporate makes use of the pace sensor within the wheel, the torque sensor to verify if pressure is being utilized to the pedal, and the accelerometer to find out if an accident has occurred. The corporate says that its algorithm is ready to cut back the variety of false positives “near zero.” Emergency braking, dropping your bike on its facet, hitting a pothole, or driving over cobblestones received’t set off a crash response, the corporate says.

If a rider doesn’t affirm they’re okay inside 60 seconds of a measured accident, the bike alerts the rider’s emergency contact(s) with the rider’s real-time place on a stay map. Cowboy bikes are fitted with their very own SIM card and use correct GPS signaling for location monitoring (not GSM like VanMoof bikes). That not solely will increase the accuracy of monitoring a Cowboy e-bike exterior, it additionally permits the bike to inform emergency contacts when the rider’s telephone isn’t accessible or is damaged.

The Verge has a Cowboy 3 in for evaluate. Crash detection is simply one of many options we’ll be testing on this €2,290 (about $2,690) e-bike, so… want us luck?