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Old 08-01-19, 08:10 AM
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Self-riding bicycle

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/s...utonomous.html Whew! Now I can stop!
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Old 08-01-19, 08:13 AM
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Easiest way to fitness.

Send you bike out for a good fitness ride, while one lays on the couch watching TV. Or, for the ambitious, watching the video stream from the bike.
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Old 08-01-19, 08:16 AM
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Pointless apart from an engineering exercise.
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Lacks the humor potential of the robotic dog that slips on a banana peel:

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In a somewhat sadistic way that's funny on the other hand I sort of felt sorry for the "dog". Maybe because a friend just fell and hurt herself.
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Old 08-01-19, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Pointless apart from an engineering exercise.
It might help with understanding some of the human factors in cycling.

But, I agree. There might be some utility in a robotic trike for deliveries and errands, but not particularly for a bike.

Cameras and photography? Embed them in bike races?
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Old 08-01-19, 09:56 AM
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Maybe expand the concept to feed back electrical/neural impulses into the remote human, who can then "experience" the ride without actually having been there. I would think that within a generation or two, we can fully simulate exercise without ever participating ourselves. Yay!
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Old 08-01-19, 10:07 AM
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Science is trying to come up with ways to completly eliminate movement and any type of physical activity out of peoples lives.
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Old 08-01-19, 11:00 AM
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I'd swear, I thought this was the other thread on 'self-riding' bikes from Google. Reality is becoming very fuzzy.

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Here is the one that Google started selling in the Netherlands on April 1, 2016 ...


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This is probably obvious and I'm missing it, but how does it turn?
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You know, a self-driving bike may be dumb, but a self-driving bike trailer that follows you around would be awesome.
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I suppose the technology to make one might be useful but a self driving bike is of limited utility.

A self driving and digging machine deep in a mine for example, might use such technology. Something to go into nuclear plants and such.

Just struggling to figure out the use case for a self driving bike. Why would a bike ride around on its own without a human?
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
You know, a self-driving bike may be dumb, but a self-driving bike trailer that follows you around would be awesome.
Somebody is testing delivery robots.

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I suppose the technology to make one might be useful but a self driving bike is of limited utility.
I read the article as a test of technology more than a useful product. I raised it here because I thought it funny.

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Just struggling to figure out the use case for a self driving bike. Why would a bike ride around on its own without a human?
When we don't own bikes, just ride them, a self-driver could come to you.
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Old 08-01-19, 03:56 PM
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Here is the one that Google started selling in the Netherlands on April 1, 2016 ...
I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate that the bike in the OP and the Google bike are of equal authenticity. The bike shown with its controller walking next to it appears not to have enough rotating mass to keep it upright. The voice control may be real, but the self-driving aspect will be shown to be a hoax, I believe.
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Um, I've seen that Netherlands "self-bike" video. It was shown by Google to be a joke, for April Fools Day; they even showed a behind-the-scenes video of how the crew were holding up the bike (which was edited out by CGI).

Here's the website, with the video, showing the behind the scenes making of it.

https://factcheck.afp.com/no-not-rea...bicycle-google

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Old 08-01-19, 04:32 PM
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When the "Google Bike" video came out a few years ago I received it in an email link from a cycling buddy. He thought it was real! I had to point out the April 1 date. I would not expect anybody would think it would be real when it gets to the part with riders typing on computers and kids boarding and heading off alone!

Like Sweeks, I also doubted the authenticity of NY Times story as the video looks phony. It is also reported at the MIT Tech Review so there must be some truth to it.

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Old 08-01-19, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Arthur P*****y View Post
Somebody is testing delivery robots.
What does that have to do with my grocery shopping/hauling stuff?
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Old 08-01-19, 10:32 PM
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That's the only bike where a motor is acceptable.

Out of all the earth's pronlems they picked this to solve?

It's August 1st, double of April 1st.
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The only application I can think of where a self-riding bicycle would be more useful than a self driving three or more wheeled vehicle, is to pass through narrow gaps - as it wouldn't need a handlebar, pedals or saddle, it could be as narrow as the hubs allow.

Then again, I have a hard time to think of any scenario where an access to narrow spaces without any kind of payload would be needed, since the payload would most probably be wider than the bike.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate that the bike in the OP and the Google bike are of equal authenticity. The bike shown with its controller walking next to it appears not to have enough rotating mass to keep it upright. The voice control may be real, but the self-driving aspect will be shown to be a hoax, I believe.
Hi, Steve! This one went on sale April 1, so I think itís really a hoax (1 Lirpa).
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Originally Posted by BobG View Post
When the "Google Bike" video came out a few years ago I received it in an email link from a cycling buddy. He thought it was real! I had to point out the April 1 date. I would not expect anybody would think it would be real when it gets to the part with riders typing on computers and kids boarding and heading off alone!

Like Sweeks, I also doubted the authenticity of NY Times story as the video looks phony. It is also reported at the MIT Tech Review so there must be some truth to it.
At engineering schools hoaxes are not unknown. My favorite was the full-page advertisement for ďBobís School of Quantum Mechanics - Become a Real Professional Quantum Mechanic and earn Big Pay!Ē
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What does that have to do with my grocery shopping/hauling stuff?
The technology could be adapted to make a self-driving trailer.
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Originally Posted by Arthur P*****y View Post
The technology could be adapted to make a self-driving trailer.
Hmm, I would like a self-driving shopping cart ...
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Originally Posted by Arthur P*****y View Post
The technology could be adapted to make a self-driving trailer.
Okay; I thought it was about delivery 'bots taking my shopping home instead of me.
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