Three engineering students in Santiago, Chile, have come up with a bike that is as close to theft-proof as it gets. Between them, they had interests in robotics, design and technology, and came up with a concept, which they had the skills to turn into reality using laser cutting machines and lathes, 3D printers, metal working and welding.
As you can see from the animated image, part of the bike is the lock. A would-be thief would have to cut through the main structure of the bike to take it, rendering it useless.
The bike can be locked in a few seconds and there is little or no weight added to the bike itself. As the crew at Yerka say “by thinking out of the box, we came up with a concept that merges everything into one sleek design”.
While they are going to be shipping in Chile and to the USA a bit later this year, it’s unlikely that they will have full international distribution. Perhaps it is more likely that known manufacturers will license the concept and incorporate it. Certainly, something needs to be done to render our bikes safer: with more than 83,000 reported bike thefts in the UK in 2015, this is a huge problem. No wonder the students hit 129% of their funding target on Indiegogo.
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