Ford Motor Company announced Tuesday it is entering the implementation phase of its Ford Smart Mobility Plan, and the company is bringing its digital-savvy smartbike concept along with it. The corporation unveiled the MoDe:Flex at the Further with Ford trends conference, an eBike with the versatility to provide hands-free, turn-by-turn navigation while also being able to track your heart rate.
Connecting to users’ smartphones by utilizing the MoDe:Link app, the MoDe:Flex provides up to the minute information pertaining to navigation, weather, time and traffic, among other features.
But, it doesn’t stop there. In addition to the compatibility with an iPhone, Ford announced a new extension to the MoDe:Link app for the smartwatch would bring all of the real-time data to a person’s wrist. A user with a smartwatch can then activate a feature such as “no sweat” mode, which, based on the rider’s heart rate, can increase electric pedal assist to ensure a rider does not break a sweat. So, for those bike riders who have the issue of showing up to work with a dampened shirt, there’s an app for that.
There’s more. Ford also announced that the wearable device comes with safety notifications. A hazard such as a pothole can trigger the handlebars to vibrate and the smartwatch to beep as a warning signal.