Testing electronic bikes for the elderly
The obvious fact is that as people get older and age, their sense of balance decreases. This means that older people will be less likely to ride bicycles. However, this will be different when the Sofie electric car for the elderly has just been born.
Sofie is the result of a collaboration between three research groups from the Netherlands: University of Twente, electronic company Indes, and Roessingh Research and Development Institute.
Its frame has a steeper head angle than most normal bicycles, along with a shorter wheelbase. Along with relatively small wheels, these features make it more stable when traveling at low speeds.
Once the driver sits up and moves, some other vehicle features will be shown.
First, the bike is designed to quickly achieve its maximum speed of 18 km / h (11 mph), making it easier for riders to pass through a potentially dangerous area. .
Second, when the bike accelerates, the seats automatically increase to bring the driver into a more efficient bike position - once they slow down, the seat will return to its original position, allowing them to place feet firmly on the ground when it comes to a stop.
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