Cycling Industry News spotted a new patent submitted by German company Bosch, which involves a new device that’s design to prevent cyclists from falling.
Seemingly designed for an electric bike, the device creates a form of counter-torque that relies on feedback from sensors telling the system when the rider has become airborne.
Correcting forwards or backwards momentum, the torque system will adjust the rider’s trajectory counter to the direction of lift, leveling the bicycle in the air and hopefully reducing the likelihood of a crash.
The device appears to be targeting mountain bikes. The text on the patent reads: “Especially at risk are bicyclists who are riding mountain bikes across open terrain.”
“To detect a roll-over or flip-over of a bike, and to equip said bike with various sensors as to detect by sensing the air pressure at two sensors that feature a vertical difference.”
“In addition, however, it is also know to sense rotary motions of the vertical axis of vehicles, for instance within the framework of an ESP system, utilizing a yaw-rate and/or acceleration sensor.”