Draisine 200.0

The predecessor of the bicycle we ride now was the Draisine aka Dandy Horse. It had no pedals, much like the balance bikes kids ride these days.

A group of engineers at Saarland University operating under a research grant to innovate with embedded software updated a Draisine to include a motor assist controlled by a Raspberry Pi. Their challenge, given that the Draisine has no pedals, is to sense the user’s pushes and assist them. The goal of the project is to develop

A software (and hardware) framework for piecing together custom electrified bikes.

The results are seen in the video above and were presented at CeBIT 2017.

Photos: Saarland University