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Veloroof uses ultrasound to save bicycles in the car

Veloroof uses ultrasound to save bicycles in the car

If you transport your bike on a rear rack, there is a risk that you will forget it is up there and crash into a low-slung garage door or other obstacle overhead. The Veloroof system is designed to greatly reduce that risk.

Veloroof, currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, was invited by Spanish entrepreneur Andre Jaramillo. He previously worked on projects with brands such as Oakley and Trek.

The setup consists of two parts: a water-resistant ultrasonic sensor rubberized to the front of the rack – or to the bike itself – along with a Bluetooth-paired warning module in the car. The sensor can detect obstacles up to 20 m (65.6 ft) ahead of itself, within a 45-degree upward angle. When this is the case, it triggers the warning module to flash and sound an audible alarm to alert the driver of the situation.

The sensor can also be attached to a rear-mounted rack, facing rear, to warn users not to crush their bike when reversing in parking lots.

The Veloroof system is currently on Indiegogo

Veloroof

Assuming it reaches production, a property of €53 (about US$54) you get your own Veloroof system. The planned retail price is €89 ($91). It is demonstrated in the video below.

A similar product we covered in 2017, called Raacked, appears to have never been in production. The more limited HeadsUp system, which is commercially available, it simply warns drivers when approaching their own garage.

VELOROF. THE UNIVERSAL ANTI-COLLISION SENSOR FOR YOUR BIKE RACK

sources: indiegogo, Veloroof

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