Owners of older Cowboy 2 and brand new Cowboy 3 e-bikes will receive a free software update that adds crash detection in late September. It is the industry’s first security feature, according to the Belgian startup, which recently raised € 23 million for expansion.
The cowboy can detect a fall using the bike’s built-in sensors. The company uses the wheel speed sensor, the torque sensor to check if force is applied to the pedal and the accelerometer to determine if an accident has occurred. The company says its algorithm can reduce the number of false positives “close to zero.”
If a rider does not confirm that they are okay within 60 seconds after a measured accident, the bike warns the rider’s emergency contact with the rider’s real-time position on a live map. Cowboy bikes are equipped with their own SIM card and use correct GPS signaling for location tracking (not GSM like VanMoof bikes). Not only does it increase the accuracy of tracking a Cowboy e-bike outside, it also allows the bike to notify emergency contacts when the rider’s phone is unavailable or broken.
The border has a Cowboy 3 for review. Crash detection is just one of the features we are testing on this € 2,290 (approximately $ 2,690) e-bike, so … wish us luck?