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Brief Published: 4 Dec 2014

Baidu’s Self-Powering Smart Bike

Baidu DuBike

Created by Chinese search engine Baidu, the DuBike is a self-powering smart bike that never needs to be plugged in. The inbuilt electrics, including sensors and brake lights, are powered by the kinetic energy of the cyclist. This ability to provide off-grid power is ideal for transient lifestyles – see Naturally Energised for more products that generate their own electricity.

Developed in collaboration with Beijing's Tsinghua University, the bike includes sensors that analyse user metrics, such as health monitoring. It also has a navigation system, using lasers in the handlebars to indicate which way to turn, while a social feature allows cyclists to share and rate their favourite routes.

As highlighted in US Big City Cycling, cycling is becoming an increasingly popular option for consumers looking to navigate urban environments where mobility is a growing issue. For more innovative options, see Vanhawks Smart Bike and Impossible: Backpack-Sized Electric Bike.

For a look ahead to future transport concepts, see Future Mobility: Move Award 2014 and LA Design Challenge 2014.