Capture Pollution, Congestion and Road Conditions with Your Bike

From the MIT senseable city lab comes another superb concept. Under the direction of Carlo Ratti, the team behind the Copenhagen Wheel tries to mix crowd sourced data collection with personal data analysis.

The Copenhagen Wheel transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also function as mobile sensing units. The wheel allows you to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and breaking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion, and road conditions in real-time.

Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you. As you cycle, the wheels sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity.

Access this data through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends on the go. You can also share your data with friends, or with your city – anonymously if you wish thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of environmental information from which we can all benefit.

Capture Pollution, Congestion and Road Conditions with Your Bike A project by the MIT Senseable City Lab senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel. Photos by Max Tomasinelli

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