Y.O.L.O. bike is a speculative design project that focuses on the design of the embodiment of autonomous intelligence and its agency, applied to a bike in a futuristic context. Nowadays technologies claim to connect people. The rise of the Internet and our networked society has indeed brought people closer together and made communication easier, but specifically in a virtual way. For example, people using dating app are actually sometimes suffering from the lack of contact in real life. While commuting, people in the train are staring at their mobile phone screens, and are not really open for a talk in the physical world anymore. Also, we noticed that with the rise of autonomous vehicles, people would no longer have to drive and pay attention to the road. They may spend this time to submerge themselves into their online worlds again. And this physical isolation can have negative aspects on humans’ well-being as well. It seems like biking is and will be the only mean of transportation where people are still present and focused on the ride, so we explored it.
Biking is an experience on its own, as people use their body to make the bike move and it all happens in the social context of the city: people pass by each other and can interacting for the sake of the traffic. Technology did not yet have a significant impact on cycling, because people prefer cycling as it is now, autonomous. However, we believe that with all the online data available, we could contribute to the offline cycling experience.
We imagine the future of biking, taking advantage of this context while augmenting the bike experience thanks to smart technologies, in order to make people meet in physical world again. We are introducing you to Y.O.L.O. well-being bike of the future.