Introducing the self-driving bicycle in the Netherlands


The Dutch cycle more than any other
nation in the world. Almost 900 kilometers per person. But that also means we have 350,000
bike related injuries. Now imagine, that we would make biking
safer, smarter and easier… by applying self-driving technology to a bike. We taught our self-driving bike to figure out
where it is… what’s around it, what will happen next
and what it should do. We leaned on Google’s expertise
in self-driving cars… but we had to adapt the technology
to work on a bike. We decided to add two additional features. First, you can request the bike to pick you up
wherever you are. And we developed a comfort mode… Adjusting the pedals to a perfect
resting position. I think the self-riding bike could
really give a boost to the economy… because people could also work on
their bicycle. You work in your office, in your home,
in your car. You could even work on your bike. I have so much more time.
My kids love it. They’re just free, they can go anywhere they want.
Anytime they want. It’s amazing. At the Fietsersbond we feel that this is the biggest
invention since the invention of the bicycle itself. At Google, we always put our users first. With the launch of this bike,
we believe we do that again.

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