Smart bicycles

This project presents the integration of two strategies that so far have been considered completely independent: cooperative driving and cycling. Our project addresses the coordination of collective behavior of platoons of cyclists that could pervade dedicated express roads in urban settings. The proposed platoon-based cyclists cooperative system can be defined as a networked cyber-physical system with an additional challenge related to the human factor.

Different from traditional automated platooning, in the proposed system cyclists respond to a Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control delivered through specific human-machine interfaces (HMI) designed to elicit the expected response from cyclists.

The project is developed in cooperation with prof. Sandra Céspedes, Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universidad de Chile.

Published results



Each bicycle estimates  its own coordination parameters based on the leader and neighboring bicycles’ motion parameters propagated along the platoon


Research assistants testing coordination algorithms in the lab


Detailed view of electronics. Bicycles are connected via Xbee hooked to a Romeo v2.0 board