, the young company from Troy that's reworked and refined automatic shifting technology for bicycles, is going into business with TerraTrike
, a Grand Rapids manufacturer of recumbent trikes.
The partnership gives Autobike a whole new market for its technology that appeals to both techies who love gadgets and cyclists who just want an easy ride.
Techies get a ride that's constantly being analyzed for when to shift by a tiny little electronic brain along with a smartphone app and bluetooth synching. Easy riders get a ride without ever having to shift a gear themselves.
TerraTrike's product combined with Autobike's technology adds up to the world's first smart trike, the companies say. The new high-tech model, part of the TerraTrike's Rover line, debuts within weeks.
TerraTrike and Autobike, which builds and sells its own bikes with its automatic shifters, have customers around the country, and they expect sales to increase after the release of the smart trike.
Writer: Kim North Shine