To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Toyota Prius, Parlee Cycles has teamed up with Toyota to create a bicycle based on the Prius design. A fun project indeed, and one that does celebrate green fuel alternatives. But what really sets this bike apart is the use of a special neuron helmet created by DeepLocal that allows the rider of the Prius bike to shift gears with their mind.
DeepLocal has made some neat stuff in recent years including a smart phone app to monitor rider attributes such as heart rate and speed. The data captured from this app is then integrated into the bike itself so that the bike can be programmed to behave intelligently in the future by remembering the rider’s behavior on established routes. How the smart phone app will be implemented into the neuron helmet has yet to be releases, but with cutting edge technology like this working with Toyota the sky is the limit.
As for the bike itself, the bike frame is made out of carbon fiber tubing making for a lightweight, aerodynamic good flexible bike. Carbon fiber is not the greenest material out there, however Parlee made sure to use all of the scraps of carbon fiber during the frame construction for other projects.
The bike is still in development and much of the design details are being kept a secret—especially the finer details surrounding DeepLocal’s neuron helmet.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.