Self-riding bicycles???

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cotswolds
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Self-riding bicycles???

Postby cotswolds » 21 Jan 2019, 12:42pm

I thought this was an early April fool at first, but it appears to be true. Uber are working on self-driving (their word) bicycles. https://thenextweb.com/cars/2019/01/21/uber-is-now-working-on-self-driving-scooters-and-bicycles/

The benefits are clear when you think of a rental network - bikes can be relocated to areas of high demand without expensive people, electric bikes can take themselves off to charging stations, maybe bikes in need of repair can ride slowly to a maintenance base.

But the technical problems sound formidable, and if they solve them, I fear the accident rate would be high. Enough people seem to struggle to spot bikes with riders, spotting a bike without a rider does sound quite difficult.

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby peetee » 21 Jan 2019, 4:25pm

And are they going to self diagnose mechanical problems and ride themselves into a workshop?
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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby fastpedaller » 21 Jan 2019, 4:37pm

cotswolds wrote: spotting a bike without a rider does sound quite difficult.


Surely their main purpose will be to carry a "passenger"?

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby pete75 » 21 Jan 2019, 5:20pm

What next - self eating pies perhaps?

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby 9494arnold » 21 Jan 2019, 5:53pm

Who is liable if a self riding bike runs into someone! ? :roll:

Self driving car , driver still present (currently) and liable if it crashes if I understand the (US) Legislation correctly.
:shock:

I have a trike that sometimes wonders off on it's own if you don't park it carefully ! :lol:

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby brynpoeth » 21 Jan 2019, 6:04pm

The Invisible Man is riding them

There are problems with rental bikes in Kassel for example, the mainline station is above the town, lots of people cycle down and get the tram back up so eventually all the bikes are at the bottom of the hill

A bit surprising for me, I much prefer cycling uphill :wink:
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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby Cunobelin » 21 Jan 2019, 6:58pm

Google already have one........ also unlike Uber they give a release date!



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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby Cours » 21 Jan 2019, 8:01pm

Now if the self ridiing bike could nip out and get me a self eating pie... There's progress!

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby hemo » 21 Jan 2019, 8:53pm

Oh dear !!! Don't be taken in Mr Gullible this one was doing the rounds back last April, no need to say anymore.

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby Cunobelin » 21 Jan 2019, 8:56pm

hemo wrote:Oh dear !!! Don't be taken in Mr Gullible this one was doing the rounds back last April, no need to say anymore.



Oh Dear

Why do you think the date was referred to in the post (and clearly stated on the video)?

Actually April 2016......again clear on the video

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Re: Self-riding bicycles???

Postby Cunobelin » 21 Jan 2019, 9:08pm

brynpoeth wrote:The Invisible Man is riding them

There are problems with rental bikes in Kassel for example, the mainline station is above the town, lots of people cycle down and get the tram back up so eventually all the bikes are at the bottom of the hill

A bit surprising for me, I much prefer cycling uphill :wink:


They need one of these:

Unique to Trondheim: