A passion for innovation
BULLS Connected Bike - The future of smart cycling
The interaction of future-oriented mobility and state-of-the-art data technology create the BULLS Connected Bike. In close cooperation with project partners ESB and BMZ, BULLS is building the fully linked E-Bike of the future based on the model series BULLS E-Stream Evo, BULLS Sturmvogel E Evo and Green Mover Lacuba Evo, available as of 2017.
An onboard unit integrated in the rechargeable battery, equipped with a processor, Bluetooth interface, motion sensor, GPS and SIM module, forms the core of an entirely new form of interaction of connectivity and mobility. The owners of an Evo-model can easily and quickly retrofit the Connected-Bike technology by replacing the special rechargeable battery.
State-of-the-art chip technology and most sophisticated sensors, in combination with an exclusive user app, permit, among others, an entirely new form of theft protection, automatic dispatch of a emergency call in case of accident and proactive service with remote diagnosis and location-independent software updates - all of this connected to a special premium E-Bike that impresses with its unique equipment and ergonomic features.
Sensors analyse wear and cycling situation
Thanks to its integrated sensors, the Connected Bike is able to interpret cycling situations. Unusually strong deceleration, connected to a slant of the bike, may suggest an accident. When this case is recognised, the system will send a query to the rider. If the rider does not react, a emergency message including the location will be sent to an emergency contact specified in advance. In particular in remote regions, the cyclist can thus be found and taken care of quickly. Additionally, the sensors permit conclusions to pending maintenance work.
All vital data on the bicycle can be called up at any time by remote diagnosis. Battery charge status, number of charge cycles, general cycling output and many measured values provide information on the condition of the bike – a service that is important not only for private users but in particular for fleet operators. Thus, drive inspections or possible exchange of the rechargeable battery can be comfortably planned in advance.
Overview of the most important function:
Innovative theft protection by GPS
Once arrived at the destination, the rider can activate the protection mode in the App – the theft protection of the Connected Bike is armed and the drive is deactivated. If the sensors recognise permanent acceleration, connected to increase of the distance from the location, a message will be sent to the connected Smartphone along with position data. The user can pass the position on to the police.
Automatic emergency call
Equipped with a large number of sensors, the BULLS Connected Bike interprets the current cycling situation. If the speed suddenly drops to zero and the bike is resting on its side, the system will register a possible accident. If the rider does not react to the message that a emergency call is imminent, it will be sent to the emergency contact specified in the App without delay, including location data. This function offers additional safety in particular for E-Mountainbikers on off-road tours.
Cockpit with integrated navigation
The Connected Bike combines cycling information with navigation on the Smartphone. Thanks to the Control Dashboard, the cyclist can keep an eye on all the relevant data, such as support level, remaining range and cycled kilometres, at any time. Additionally, among others, information on the weather situation can be called up. At the same time, the integrated turn-by-turn navigation ensures that the cyclist will reach his destination safely. Completed routes can be saved and shared at any time.
The Connected Bike wouldn't be complete without its interface to the world of social media. Cyclists are able to communicate cycling results, tours and routes directly via Facebook, Twitter & Co. while at the same time participating in Social-Media campaigns and events. Comprehensive training control will be available in a later development level.
To be added in a later development level:
The service app informs the user by remote diagnosis not only about the battery charge status, but also about any pending maintenance work. The integrated deceleration sensor, which warns about exchange of total wear parts such as the brake linings, in time, is a highlight in this context. For this, diagnosis data such as cycling performance and the number of charge cycles can be viewed in the App at any time - an important service for private customers and in particular for fleet operators.
Maximum training control
A finely adjustable pedalling support makes the Connected Bike a gym on wheels at the same time. This technology is particularly strong in the scope of healthy stamina training. Perfect training control is provided by specially processed cycling data that provide a precise overview of scope and performance.
The Connected Bike is expected to be available in late 2017. Integration of the on-board unit makes it possible to convert any model with an integrated Evo-battery into a Connected Bike by simply replacing the rechargeable battery.
Connected Bike FAQ
What is Connected Bike?
Hard- and software package through which the E-Bike can communicate with a Smartphone via Bluetooth or the cloud. Permits the following features: Emergency call, theft protection/localisation, remote diagnosis, live support, turn-by-turn navigation, Smart Cockpit.
How to unlock these services?
The dealer will register you at purchase. You can use all available services immediately.
Do I need a SIM card?
No, the SIM card is firmly installed in the hardware. No additional costs arise for a provider.
Which devices are required for the Connected Bike?
The Connected Bike works only in connection with a Smartphone. We would like to keep additional costs as low as possible for you and believe that every interested cyclist will already have a high-performance Smartphone. Therefore, we are not using costly hardware in our systems, as a large touch display, high-performance CPU and enough memory would require.
The Connected Bike works with any Smartphone on iOS and Android basis with the current operating system.
Will roaming fees arise abroad?
No, you can use the Features anywhere in Europe without any additional costs.
In which countries can the Connected Bike be used?
In all European countries of country group 1
- Great Britain
- Isle of Man
- The Netherlands
- Northern Ireland
- Saint-Martin (French part)
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
- Vatican City
- Cyprus (Greek part)
How can I change my password?
In the App under Settings/Password. Enter your old password and a new one. Confirm your new password.
Do I need an email address for the Connected Bike Portal?
Yes, you need a valid email address for registration. It will also inform you about your active time, for example.
How can I add a bicycle to the Connected Bike Portal?
In the App "Add a new bicycle". Ensure that Bluetooth is active on your Smartphone and that the E-Bike is switched on. Activate the search for your E-Bike in the App. A list of Bluetooth devices will be displayed. Select your E-Bike from it.
Which services can I use?
Initially, the following features can be used:
Emergency call, theft protection/localisation, remote diagnosis, live support, turn-by-turn navigation, Smart Cockpit.
Of course, we plan on continuous expansion and improvement of our offer.
Are all features available at any time?
For some services (emergency call, theft, remote diagnosis), a GPS and/or mobile phone signal is needed. In some regions or houses, in tunnels, etc., the grid coverage may not always be ensured and the features may not work as usual.
How long is the runtime of the Connected Bikes?
Buying the Connected Bikes gives you access to the features for three years after activation.
From when onwards can I extend the Connected Bike services?
Before the end of the three-year runtime, you will be reminded by the App and can comfortably extend the runtime.
What costs will arise?
Buying the Connected Bikes gives you access to the features for three years after activation.
Does the system use my mobile phone contract's data volume?
The App uses the data volume of your mobile phone contract while no WiFi is available, e.g. to navigate or call information from the database. The SIM module enables the E-Bike to send or receive data to and from the cloud without a connected Smartphone. In order to increase performance and reduce costs, the system is designed so that it will use the Smartphone for data connection when possible.
Why is a special charger delivered with the rechargeable battery?
Continuous availability of the features leads to increased power demand of the rechargeable battery in standby. To give you a fully charged battery even after an extended storage time, we have enclosed a special charge maintenance charger for you. Please charge your Connected Bike's battery with the enclosed charger during longer storage periods and in particular in winter.
What data are transmitted in an emergency call?
Your site, time of the incident and your contact data
Who will be informed?
The emergency call will inform a person specified by you. We advise against alarming the rescue forces, since it is possible that the emergency call will be triggered even though no help is needed or due to lack of attention or a false alarm.
When will an emergency call be triggered automatically?
When the system recognises an accident. This is a combination of the measured values from several sensors. For example, if the speed is suddenly reduced and the acceleration sensors find that the E-Bike slants.
Since it is not necessary to send an emergency call after every accident, you have 30 seconds time to cancel the emergency call in the App.
Is the "Smart emergency call" active in my bicycle?
You need to enter a phone number in the App that you want to have informed in case of an accident. Ensure that the emergency call is activated in the App..
When is theft protection mode activated?
Manually by app by clicking the lock symbol.
If you have set the theft mode to automatic, every time the Smartphone loses connection to your E-Bike.
When and how will the system give alarm?
You will be informed when someone is manipulating your E-Bike and moving it. If the E-Bike is moving away from its site, the system will send you the current location every 30 seconds until you leave theft mode.
What does deactivation of the drive do and how it is activated?
Together with activation of the theft mode, the drive is deactivation. If your E-Bike falls into the wrong hands, it will be deactivated. You must unlock it again in the APP.n.
Why does the lock not brake the E-Bike?
Your E-Bike has a mid-engine with smoothly running free-wheels. For technical reasons, a mid-engine cannot be blocked or braked, as a hub motor would.
Does the theft mode ensure 100% theft protection?
Of course, even GPS monitoring and deactivation of the drive cannot protect your E-Bike from thieves. Combined with a good bicycle lock, however, the probability that the thief will fail or that you can recover your E-Bike after the fact increases.
When can I reach the Live Support?
The Live Support will answer your support questions from Mon.-Thu., 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM and on Fri. from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM