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NWO funds Smart Connected Bikes project

The Dutch national research council (NWO) has award a research proposal ‘Smart Connected Bikes’ in the Smart Industry research programme, where academics work together with companies on themes where big data, smart industry and creative industry intersect. The project is led by Prof. Paul Havinga, Dpt. of Computer Science, University of Twente from in close collaboration with prof. Karst Geurs, dpt. of Civil Engineering, University of Twente. The grant will enable three PhD students to work on the project over the next four years.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) are rapidly growing in popularity in the Netherlands since its introduction in the late 1990ies. The growing popularity (of powerful) e-bikes has many advantages but at the same time the number of traffic accidents with (mainly elderly) e-bike users has grown rapidly. Bicycle manufacturing currently falls behind the fast technological developments in automotive industries

The Smart Connected Bikes project will design, develop and test a smart cycling eco-system where bicycles communicate in realtime with each other, and with the urban transport infrastructure (e.g. traffic lights) to optimize the use and improve traffic safety, economical value, and efficiency. This require technologies and mechanisms to allow monitoring the bike, understanding the cyclist and the context, as well as data sharing between cyclists, industry, service providers, government, and urban planners.

In the Smart Connected Bikes project, University of Twente is collaborating with Accell Group, TU Delft (Data and Intelligence research group, Faculty of Industrial Design) and Saxion University of Applied Science (Ambient Intelligence group). Accell group is a large European bicycle manufacturer and produces and distributes bicycles through several brands, including the electric-bike pioneer-brands Haibike and Sparta.