A decade ago, Dean Kamen and his Segway promised to change the way cities were built, but it turns out that the bicycle's reliable form and function still rules the city streets. However, a new innovative take on the bicycle that combines human power and technology could be the real game changer.
The Footloose is a folding electric bike from South Korean auto parts maker Mando that turns human peddling power into energy to be stored in the bike's lithium-ion battery. The chainless vehicle can travel up to 18.6 miles on electricity alone, and uses an electronic control unit to monitor the vehicle's speed and adjust the motor's energy output automatically. The bike also comes with a removable handlebar-mounted display that allows the rider to control its functions.
Although no price has been announced, the Mando Footloose is scheduled to be released in 2013. You can see the bike in action in the video below.