An automatic bicycle is in the neighborhood, for real this time
It all started from 2016 when Google put out an April fool’s prank video showing an automatic bicycle roaming the street of Amsterdam.
The video was done with some clever camera tricks and post-production.
A group of engineering students from Tsinghua University developed an automatic bike that resembles that concept.
Although it is nowhere near how Google describes it, it still took some engineering skills to get it to work.
Tsinghua said the bike took experts from a few engineering departments to make, and it is more complicated than developing a car. It carries a large payload of the devices and motors to keep the bike balanced, and enable remote steering.
It is not yet able to carry a passenger. The bike has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and could go for two hours at a time
It is not the first time we’ve seen an unmanned two-wheel vehicle, earlier this year, BMW also releases a video showcasing its automatic motorcycle going around the track.
However, it is still far from a markable product. There isn’t a need from the market for complex auto-balanced bicycle or motorcycle that can’t carry a passenger.