"Alongside Ford's announcement of its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing scheme
last night, the company also detailed its latest smartbike — the MoDe:Flex.
"The bike is Ford's third such device, and like predecessors, is fitted with a
motor and battery. The Flex can fold up to be stored inside a car like previous
and designed to be used by commuters who may drive some of the distance to
work, Ford says the Flex is built for bike enthusiasts.
"That doesn't mean you'll be getting a high-maintenance road bike with the Flex,
though: the bigger device can interact with your smartphone, enabling a "no sweat"
mode that will calculate how much effort you need to put on the pedals to get to your
destination without any serious physical exertion. In addition to advancing human
laziness, the MoDe:Link app also informs riders of real-time weather, road, and traffic
conditions up ahead. Most interestingly, Ford says the app comes with an Apple Watch
extension that can somehow detect potholes on the road.
Interview: Bill Ford charts a course for the future
An interesting 49-pager from Sheryl Connelly, corporate futurist at Ford Motor Co.