Halfords is to sell the first ever bike range to feature Amazon Alexa starting from this Summer. The Cybic bike range uses the Alexa voice function to give directions, turn on lights, play music, tell you your speed and much more. It will be officially launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.
Halfords is the exclusive UK and Ireland retailer of the range and it will be available in shops and online at Halfords.com from the summer 2019. Launching at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the range includes a hybrid called the Cybic Legend and an electric bike dubbed the Cybic E-Legend (pictured above)
Using a control mounted to the handlebars, cyclists can access an easy-to-use menu which controls all the functions. Cyclists can ask the always-ready device questions including traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions, weather forecasts, as well as accessing functions such as sending messages, adding items to a shopping list and even ordering dinner with just their voice.
Product features and benefits also include:
- Access to cycling performance data including speed, time, distance covered and more
- GPS and mapping
- Personalised light settings – the bike includes built-in front, rear and handlebar lighting which can be set from the menu
- A security lock and an alarm which can be accessed via the bike’s app
- Theft tracking
- A HD music player
- Vodafone SIM included (three years free 3G data)
- WiFi enabled
Says Andy Whitehall, Halfords’ bike expert: “We’ve seen innovations in alternative commuting go from strength to strength and after electric bikes we predict that the next big trend for commuters will be smart bikes. The Cybic contains all the features you love about Alexa, but now in a bike and we are delighted to be the first to offer this to UK customers when it launches in the summer 2019.
“The technology will help cyclists with many things including getting traffic updates, getting turn-by-turn directions, personalised light settings, playing music and much more.”
Adds David Kumar, Principal Product Manager at Alexa Voice Services (AVS):
“This expands the notion of “Alexa On The Go”, where Alexa is available anywhere where the bike is. The combination of Alexa and Cybic enables riders to enjoy a great range of innovative, integrated bike features without their hands ever having to leave the safety of the handle bars”.
The Cybic bike range will be available in the UK at Halfords from the summer (2019) with final bike specifications to follow.