The X One electric bike is far ahead of its time, and not just because of its looks. Created by Spain-based startup Rayvolt, this bike features an Android touchscreen computer built directly into its top tube that enables users to perform various functions, like setting the pedal assistance level, checking current speed, monitoring the battery’s charge level, etc.
However, the coolest feature is probably how the computer uses an integrated camera and facial recognition software to authenticate riders. You read that right, if the person hasn’t been previously authenticated, the computer won’t engage the motor and also locks up the drivetrain to prevent theft. Power comes from a removable Samsung or Panasonic battery pack, with the 250W or 750W rear hub motor capable of hitting top speeds of 16 mph or 28 mph respectively. Other features include voice-control and a regenerative braking system. It’s currently being crowdfunded and $1,999 USD will secure one for shipment next June if all goals are met. Indiegogo page here.