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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Copenhagen Wheel Gives Bicycles A Boost

Copenhagen Wheel co-inventor Assaf Biderman outside the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Copenhagen Wheel co-inventor Assaf Biderman outside the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Install the wheel, download the Copenhagen Wheel app, and you're ready to go.  (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Install the wheel, download the Copenhagen Wheel app, and you’re ready to go. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

The Copenhagen Wheel is a back wheel outfitted with a rechargeable battery that gives a bicycle rider a boost when going uphill. The battery is charged when riding downhill and braking.

The wheel is engineered and marketed by Superpedestrian, after being¬†initially developed at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab¬†as a research project sponsored by the mayor of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Wheel co-inventor Assaf Biderman joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the technology, which he hopes will make commuting by bike easier and more attractive.

Guest

  • Assaf Biderman, co inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the associate director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab.

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