Electric bike with wearable tech released

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Published on 8 November 2018 by Charlie Bliss

A new British motorcycle manufacturer has announced an electric motorbike that is compatible with wearable tech.

Arc is an eco-conscious motorbike startup funded by Jaguar Land Rover that specialises in handmade electric motorcycles.

Unveiled at the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA) on November 6, the Arc Vector is an electric motorbike with a Human Machine Interface (HMI). This comes in the form of the Zenith helmet – a wearable piece of tech that projects essential rider information such as speed and satellite navigation.

Riders can also opt to buy the Origin jacket along with the bike. The jacket uses vibration notifications through haptic amplifiers similar to those found on a smartphone. The vibrations alert riders to hazards, such as activity in their blind spot.

Chief Executive of Arc Mark Truman said: “We felt that there was more one could get out of motorcycling which no one was tapping into. This is about using technology to strip back the experience of riding a bike through the use of haptics and head-up display. The helmet and jacket work in tandem with the Vector to remove distractions and emphasise the joy of riding.”

The Arc Vector has a price tag of £90,000 including the Zenith helmet and Origin jacket.

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