The Chinese company Da Vinci Dynamics has launched a new electric motorcycle model called the Da Vinci DC100. Its main distinguishing feature is a half-robot that can independently balance and drive, albeit at low speed and not far. For example, he can drive from the garage to the entrance where the owner is waiting for him, or accompany him on a run.
The list of possibilities for self-navigation will expand – moreover, the manufacturer promises to make the API publicly available so that enthusiasts can develop new tricks. This is somewhat alarming, given that this is a large and rather heavy vehicle. And how happy hackers will be at the legal opportunity to take control of someone else’s motorcycle.
However, the potential danger of Da Vinci DC100 is partially offset by the fact that the device is not fast. Although it accelerates to a hundred in 3-4 seconds, the main driving mode is economical. In particular, the electronics detect the start of a downhill and automatically decelerate the motorcycle in order to effectively apply the regenerative braking mechanism. And when driving alone, Da Vinci DC100 never accelerates more than 3-5 km / h.
Economy mode allows an electric bike to travel up to 400 km without recharging using a battery of only 17.7 kWh. The DC100 has a reverse function for better maneuvering in tight urban environments. The price of the basic version is $ 27,500, and for the “Lux” package you will have to pay $ 90,000.