VOLATA: The App Controlled Bicycle

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San Francisco-based Volata Cycles have engineered a bicycle worthy of a “2.0” designation, one designed to work in unison with 2.4″ app-based embedded computer integrated into the handlebar.

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Volata Cycles is the creation of automotive engineer Marco Salvioli and Mattia De Santis, who was designing and manufacturing high-concept bicycle designs in Milan.

Volata Cycles is the creation of automotive engineer Marco Salvioli and Mattia De Santis, who was designing and manufacturing high-concept bicycle designs in Milan.

Like existing bike add-on computers the unit can track speed and performance; the Volata adds weather forecasting, turn-by-turn directions, heart rate monitoring, and smartphone notification about performance and security (a GPS-based anti-theft system works with a motion detection unit, monitoring the bike status, sending notifications about the bicycle’s location in case of theft).

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Volata Cycle founders Marco Salvioli and Mattia De Santis designed Volata to merge their passion for cycling with more refined integration of technology, collaborating between a San Francisco headquarters and their R&D and Design office in Milan, Italy.

The bicycle isn’t just connected in terms of rider info/data, but also mechanically modified: a belt drive transmission replaces the conventional chain, eliminating traditional gear system maintenance; paired with an internal-gear hub Shimano Alfine 11 di2 with electronic shifting, riding around town on this bike should be comfortable for all fitness levels. Automated front and tail lights with a 96 dB electronic horn also add an extra layer of safety for bicyclists navigating city traffic.

Heart rate monitoring can be used in connection with an Apple Watch.

Heart rate monitoring can be used in connection with an Apple Watch.

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A front-hub dynamo charges the internal battery while peddling, providing enough recharge power to operate the bicycle’s onboard computer.

A front-hub dynamo charges the internal battery while peddling, providing enough recharge power to operate the bicycle’s onboard computer.

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The Volata is currently available for online reservation at $299 at www.volatacycles.com. Note, that’s just the reservation price…you’ll owe another $3,200 upon delivery, beginning next year in July 2017, the price of being a first adopter!


This story originally appeared on Design Milk.