COBI Connected Bike Project Debuts on Kickstarter

German start-up iCradle has taken the connected car concept and applied it to bikes. On the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, iCradle launched a smartphone mounting kit and an app that

Cobi offers a thumb operated controller, an automated front and backlight, a custom bell, a phone charger, and a theft alarm. The backlight turns red when breaking and blinks for right or left turns.

The mobile app manages music and phone calling, and offers turn-by turn navigation (using the TeleNav/Skobbler SDK with Openstreetmap), location sharing, a dedicated mountain biking interface and more.

COBI is also working with electric bikes; it is designed to support e-bike systems which offer a Bluetooth/ ANT+ wireless interface, or use a CAN-Bus for wired control.

The basic version of COBI costs $115 on Kickstarter (delivery expected in June 2015) and a more advanced system (including high capacity battery pack and the backlight) is $199.

Watch below Cobi’s promotional video made for Kickstarter:

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