The ATON e-Bike Is World’s Only With Smart Pedals for Signaling Turns

With the boost in two-wheeler sales comes increased attention on the need to incorporate extra safety features. Visibility on the road remains essential for cyclists in particular, with a variety of gadgets and add-ons coming to address the issue.
The ATON e-bike with PED smart pedals 7 photos
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The ATON e-bike with PED smart pedalsThe ATON e-bike with PED smart pedalsThe ATON e-bike with PED smart pedalsThe ATON e-bike with PED smart pedalsThe ATON e-bike with PED smart pedalsThe ATON e-bike with PED smart pedals
This product is a bike that incorporates the solution to the turn signaling problem. The ATON claims to be the first electric bicycle to include smart pedals that act as turn signals, and it is currently raising funds on KickStarter, with the goal to go into production for a March 2021 delivery date.

The ATON is a joint effort: the bike is offered by Italian bicycle manufacturer F.lli Schiano and the tech for the pedals – dubbed PED – is from startup SPEAROAD. If you like what you see and read, know that you can back the project either as-is and get the bike with the smart pedals, or just for the pedals, which are said to fit most of the current bikes.

The e-bike itself is pretty standard fare, so if you’re already part of this ever-growing community, don’t expect anything out of the ordinary to get you interested in a new purchase. You get a fashionably fat-tire, folding bike, with a 250W Brushless DC rear hub motor from Xiongda, a removable battery with an 80-km (about 50-mile) autonomy, mechanical disk brakes, display led screen, and standard Shimano equipment for the gears and the derailleur. The motor being 250W and this being an Italian product, it’s safe to assume top speed is limited at 25 kph (15.5 mph) on pedal-assist.

Clearly, the hot selling point of ATON is the smart pedals, which you control via a remote controller on the handlebar. The remote itself needs a small battery, but the pedals don’t, being powered by energy recovered from pedaling. You can use them either to signal turns or to have 360-degree visibility on the road.

The e-bike with the PED pedals is priced €1,299 ($1,498) for backers, while the pedals alone sell for €119 ($137). However, bear in mind that this is a crowdfunding campaign and, as such, it comes with inherent risks.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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