Bosch promises ‘cycling experience 2.0’ & e-Bike theft protection at CES 2020

Bosch has lifted the lid on a raft of new tech ahead of its appearance at the forthcoming Vegas-set Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including a more connected experience for e-Bike riders and improved theft protection.

Focusing on connected products for mobility and the home, the big US show will see Bosch update its Kiox system with a premium function called Lock, which will “provide digital protection against theft”. This seems likely to be the same development Bosch teased at its June time eBike Systems launch.

Meanwhile, a new SmartphoneHub will let e-Bike riders enjoy all-round connectivity when riding thanks to the COBI.Bike app, which covers off a wide range of functions including the usuals like navigation and fitness tracking, to connections with third-party services and apps like Apple Health, Google Fit and komoot.

CES will also see Bosch showcase its Light Drive smart glasses. While not ostensibly for the e-Bike market, Bosch Sensortec’s Light Drive is claimed a ‘world-first’ for making standard glasses smart. An integrated projection system consists of MEMS mirrors, optical elements, sensors and an intelligent software connection.

Promising crystal-clear images projected into the wearer’s field of vision, clearly discernible even in direct sunlight, the navigation information, text messages, calendar entries or operating instructions they project depend on the information they receive from a smartphone or smartwatch.

Bosch has plenty of connected car technology for the early January show too, which have the potential to curb bad car driver habits and boost road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. A Bosch interior monitoring system takes in data from eyelid movements, gaze direction and sitting position to detect whether a driver is drowsy or looking at a smartphone and alerts the driver to critical situations.

If you’re heading to Vegas, you can see the Bosch CES 2020 press conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the morning of Monday 6 January. At the show (7-10 January) Bosch will be at booth #12401.

If you can’t wait for that, CI.N recently spoke with Bosch CEO Claus Fleischer for an e-Bike focused discussion taking in further 2020 developments, electric mobility and the future of the sector.