The latest big technology to hit the road is a bike that is as close to an autonomous vehicle as it can get.
And it will be on sale in the US from the end of the year.
The concept of a bicycle that is self-driving has long been a dream for the self-employed and the adventurous.
But it’s a daunting prospect.
“When you have a bicycle, it’s so much easier to drive than it is to drive yourself,” says Alexei Popov, the founder and CEO of CycleLab, an online platform for bicycle manufacturing.
“You can’t even make a road bike.
And if you want to drive your bike, you have to have a car.”
The concept for a self-contained bicycle was developed in 2010 by Russian engineer Dmitry Shakhova, who is now based in the UK.
Shakhov, who has been working on self-propelled bicycles for years, is an expert in building cars and trains.
Shabov designed the bicycle as a hybrid that would be able to take the place of the car or a train.
Shakarov designed a frame that would hold the wheels, while the wheels could be stored in an internal battery pack, or on wheels that were made of titanium or aluminium.
“There’s a very large amount of work involved,” says Shakhovic, who first started working on the concept when he was 19.
“I started building a bicycle in the beginning, but I thought it would be fun to develop a bike myself.”
He bought a bike and built the frame himself, then spent a few months refining it.
He spent two years in a factory, building the frame and working on it until he was satisfied.
“The frame has a nice flat shape, so it’s good for a bicycle,” he says.
“And it’s made from a very light material.
I like the fact that it’s not heavy, so I can work on it a lot.”
Shakhovsky then decided to take his bicycle and put it on the road.
“This was the first time I was actually able to use my bicycle,” says the engineer.
“It was really easy, and it’s easy to drive.
After Shakhovo built his first prototype, he built a second prototype, which he then used to prove his concept. “
After that, I thought I should try it in my garage.”
After Shakhovo built his first prototype, he built a second prototype, which he then used to prove his concept.
Shachov says the idea of a self contained bicycle is a lot easier to understand than the concept of an autonomous car.
“For me, it was not only an idea for a company, but also a concept for the future of our industry,” he explains.
“As we know that cars are very complex machines that require a lot more attention and effort than bicycles.
But the concept was that it could be made into a car, and then, it could just drive itself.”
Shachovsky’s bicycle was also designed to be light and simple to assemble.
Shabadov says that the bicycle frame was made of a high-quality carbon fiber.
The bicycle was then put into a box, then placed into the garage, where it was built.
The frame was bolted to a frame rail and the wheels were attached to a hub and a fork.
The wheels were then put together and the bike was put together again, again with the wheels attached to the frame rails.
“We made the frame as simple as possible and very stable,” Shabadova says.
The next step was to attach the wheels to the bicycle and the handlebars to the handlebar stem.
“Once the handle bars were attached, the bicycle could just sit there,” Shakhomov says.
Shapov built a prototype of the bike and then started to test it out on a road in the Ukraine.
“In the next couple of weeks, we had an average speed of 60 kilometers per hour,” Shakovsky says.
When Shakhos took his first test ride, he was surprised to see that he was able to drive himself.
“He was able, in fact, to drive without stopping,” Shapos says.
In his second test ride in February, he says he was still able to run at 60km/h.
Shaps bicycle was finally ready for a test drive.
“All I had to do was pedal it,” he said.
“Then I was able for the first ride to be very safe.
I was just able to ride, without a problem.”
Shapovsky is a veteran of making motorcycles and is an experienced bicycle builder, but he also built a few other bicycles.
He started to develop his own bicycle.
Shaptov designed a road bicycle, which is still in the works.
The road bike, which will be available in the States from the middle of the decade, will be lighter and smaller than a bicycle on wheels.
Shhapov also designed a small electric bike, that will be sold by CycleLab.
CycleLab has partnered with bike manufacturers and manufacturers in Ukraine