As a result of a company-wide challenge created by Ford’s head of mobility, Erica Klampfl, for designers or teams of employees to come up with a smart e-bike, Ford MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro e-bikes were born. Paul Wraith and Bruce Southey are the two winning designers at Ford, whose products were showcased at the Mobile World Congress.
The Ford e-bikes are equipped with a wide range of features, including a smart connectivity option with Apple iPhone 6. Both Ford MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro can be folded up to be stored in vehicles (cars) compactly and safely, and both have ultrasonic sensors at the rear end that can warn the rider if a vehicle is approaching form behind too fast. The e-bikes warn via vibration to the riders and also flashes rear lights automatically to alert the approaching driver.
About the Bluetooth connectivity with Apple iPhone 6, when a navigational route is set using prototype iOS app called MoDe:Link, the handlebars of Ford ebikes provide haptic feedback to instruct upcoming left or right turn to the rider.
Ford MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro e-bikes are driven by 200-watt electric motor that draws power from 9 Ah battery pack. The motor is used for electric pedal assist at speeds up to 25 kmph.
The Ford e-bikes are basically designed for urban commuters to use car or public transport as primary mode of commuting and continue the journey to final destination riding the e-bikes.