Are they bicycles or motorcycles? Something in between, says BMW of its Vision AMBY concept two-wheelers.
The German carmaker has unveiled the electrically-powered vehicle in two versions: one with pedals and the other without. The BMW i Vision AMBY requires pedalling to gain assistance from the electric drive, and the Motorrad Vision AMBY is accelerated using a throttle grip and has footrests instead of pedals.
Big deal: one is an e-bicycle and the other is an electric motorbike and we’ve seen it all before, one might argue.
But the German firm has put a different spin on things by giving the bikes the ability to automatically adjust their top speeds using geofencing to detect the roads they are on.
The drive allows up to 25km/h on cycle paths, up to 45km/h on inner-city roads and up to a top speed of 60km/h on multi-lane roads and out of town. A helmet, licence plates and the relevant driving licence are required to be able to travel at higher speeds.
BMW says there is no legal basis yet for a vehicle with a modular speed concept in its home German market, and the idea behind the AMBY is to prompt legislation that might enable this kind of set-up.
“In this way, the BMW Group is demonstrating that it will continue to be involved in providing mobility options in big cities in the future and offers innovative solutions,” says a BMW spokesperson.
For those who want to stay fit while they commute, the pedal-assisted i Vision AMBY is a regular e-bike with 27.5 inch wheels and a range of up to 300km.