Updated Harley-Davidson 1-Series e-bikes will include Google Cloud connectivity

Serial 1, the e-bike company spun off from Harley-Davidson, has introduced its line of high-end, second-generation e-bikes, but it’s the app that will see the biggest changes.

New Harley-Davidson e-bikes will connect to Google Cloud

Thanks to Serial 1’s new partnership with Google Cloud, the updated bikes will include a host of new software features. Google Cloud has chosen Serial 1 as its new “strategic eMobility partner”, meaning the e-bike maker will be among the first to integrate Google’s software products into its vehicles.

“E-bikes equipped with software will allow cyclists to track their journeys and collect data.”

According to Serial 1, e-bikes with software will allow owners to track their rides, collect data and “dramatically improve safety and security. As an additional selling point, e-bikes are increasingly equipped with cloud-connected software.

The focal point of this new partnership will be the Serial 1 app, which allows owners to view turn-by-turn navigation, collect ride data and control their bike’s safety features. With “the company’s access to Google Cloud analytics and business intelligence and the integration of Google Cloud AI functionality,” Serial 1 promises other high-tech features.

In addition, Google Cloud will strengthen the connection between the bike and the user’s smartphone. The vast majority of e-bikes connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth, but Serial 1 bikes will use cellular and GPS technology in addition to Bluetooth to ensure owners can connect to their bike even if it isn’t. is out of their sight.

A quick refresher: In October 2020, Harley-Davidson spun off Serial 1 as an independent e-bike company. Its current lineup consists of four bikes priced between $3,399 and $4,999. The brands are Mosh/Cty, a city bike, and Rush/Cty, a commuter bike with three variants (normal, Step-Thru and Speed). Each of them is equipped with a mid-drive motor capable of producing 250W of continuous power and reaching a top speed of 20 mph, except for the Rush/Cty Speed, which can run at 28 mph .

The powertrains of the second generation motorcycles will remain unchanged. The biggest changes are happening below the surface. They include flashing lights, pedal assist off, and real-time locations.

The biggest changes are happening below the surface.

By prioritizing routes with bike lanes, for example, the Serial 1 app will integrate with Google Maps to offer improved navigation. Brose, a German company that also makes the bike’s drivetrain, provides the simplified Serial 1 digital displays, so users will likely need to clip their smartphone to the handlebars to use these features.

In the app’s ‘virtual garage’, owners will be able to digitally name, track and manage their e-bikes. In particular, they will have a new dashboard that will allow them to control the data relating to their movements, such as speed, distance, autonomy, power supplied (both for the cyclist and for the battery), the efficiency and state of charge. Serial 1 owners can log their rides to better understand their performance and evolution. And the app will provide automatic updates when their bike needs service.

The physical appearance and controls of the second generation bikes will remain largely unchanged. I loved these bikes when I had the opportunity to test them last year. The same group that created the batteries for the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles also created the batteries for the Serial 1. The integrated batteries are mounted very low on the frame, which helps centralize the vehicle’s masses and improve its handling. .

With this new update, it’s obvious that Serial 1 is targeting major e-bike manufacturers such as Giant, Trek, and Specialized, which sell high-end e-bikes to affluent consumers. In particular, Specialized has promoted connected software in its Turbo line. Similarly, Harley-Davidson just announced the launch of a brand called Globe that will focus solely on utility e-bikes.

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