THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL, INDEX: AWARD 2011 FINALIST.
Transportation poses an ongoing dilemma: It is necessary for economic development, and yet it has immense environmental impact. The Copenhagen Wheel aims to address this issue by providing a combined technical, behavioral and systemic solution.
The wheel is perfect for individuals—the elderly, the physically impaired, the design-savvy, or those with a long or hilly commute—but can also be used in shared bike fleets—for bicycle and parking police, municipal workers or the general public. Beyond being a vehicle that gets you from A to B, it is also a smart sensing device. Sensors inside the wheel gather information that help you pick less polluted bike routes, achieve exercise goals or challenge others to ride more. The wheel uses a technical solution (a motor and batteries with regeneration capabilities) to help people overcome distance and topography and a real-time data network and a series of cycling-related mobile applications to support city infrastructure creation and foster a sense of safety. Unlike other e-bikes on the market, The Copenhagen Wheel is designed to be a plug-and-play device that makes the cycling experience more fun.
Lastly, when many cyclists donate the data their wheel collects, cities gain access to unprecedented, fine-grained environmental information that can impact resource allocation or the implementation of environmental and transportation policies.
Christine Outram (Australia), Carlo Ratti (Italy), Assaf Biderman (Israel), Vincenzo Manzoni (Italy), Xiaoji Chen (China), Roon E. Kang (United States of America), Mark Yen (United States of America), Jennifer Dunnam (United States of America), Myshkin Ingawale (India), Ari Kardasis (United States of America) and Andrea Cassi (Italy), 2008