In recent years, many devices on wheels are starting to go electric. Many modes of transportation – from cars, buses, trucks to motorcycles – get an intelligent tech to improve driver and passenger safety and comfort. Now, Bosch has decided to apply their talent in creating electric baby strollers.
The German multinational tech and service supplier has unveiled an “e-Stroller” system this week. It is an assistance system for strollers with a range of comfort and safety features. It measures and understands the terrain it’s rolling on the steepness of its path, and its own speed and acceleration.
The system features dual low-noise electric motors, a smart sensor system, and a Bluetooth module for smartphone connectivity. The electric motors and built-in sensors help it to reduce the effort involved in carting your young one around, as well as to keep your stroller on the path and not in any unexpected directions.
When the sensors detect that you’re pushing the stroller downhill, it will help to brake to prevent any runaway stroller incidents. On the other hand, if the stroller is moving uphill, the motors will help propel the buggy forward by applying extra power automatically. Additionally, an electromechanical lock engages the parking brake.
Bosch’s e-stroller system uses 18V replaceable lithium-ion batteries that offer up a nine-mile (15km) range which is pretty decent, depending on the level of assistance and weight of the stroller. But it means that you probably can’t take the lengthiest walks without having to recharge it. A USB port is given to charge – you can also charge your handset using it.
Moreover, the complementary app – available for Android and iOS – lets you keep an eye on the battery. It can also be used to set an alarm to prevent someone from stealing your stroller. An extra-alarm will sound from the carriage’s loudspeaker and the parking brake will automatically engage. And if the battery is empty, you can still push the carriage forward – this will require more effort.
The e-Stroller system is suitable for single, twin, or sibling strollers. Bosch themselves won’t actually be selling the stroller but the system itself. It will work with partners who’ll use the platform for their own baby carriers. And is expected to launch in early 2020 with Swedish manufacturer Emmaljunga, Bosch said in a release.
For more details, visit the company website.