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Superpedestrian is developing lightweight networked vehicles that offer a competitive alternative to cars, and connect drivers, riders, and sensors with the built environment in new ways.
Assaf Biderman, Associate Director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, founded the company in late 2012 with a mission to provide new forms of human powered mobility for cities. The company gets its origin from a technology called the Copenhagen Wheel, a self-contained unit that includes a motor, batteries, a powerful computer and a dozen sensors, packaged into a sleek red meticulously designed unit. It powers the rider so that cycling great distances and climbing hills becomes effortless. The Wheel was initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SENSEable City Lab, in partnership with the City of Copenhagen – one of the world’s most advanced cities for cycling. Superpedestrian has acquired an exclusive license to the technology from MIT and has been further developing the product to bring it to market. It is now manufacturing beta units of its commercial product in anticipation of official release of the Wheel.