Tech start up company R&D Core has created the ATLAS concept – an anti-theft bike lock stand – and is looking to work with interested parties to launch it on UK streets.
While still in early stages, the stand works by rolling the bike into grooves in the ground. When the stand is activated, a lock attaches the frame to the stand and two bolts slip through the spokes of each wheel, immobilising the bike. The system automatically locks and the user unlocks it using a smartphone or smartcard to the stand's sensor. Check out the video below.
The proposal was entered into Nesta's Hands Off My Bike competition, which sought a device that foiled bike thieves for the longest. R&D has decided to develop its proposal in a commercial capacity and is now seeking meetings with local authorities and the likes of Transport for London.
R&D is also keen to speak to universities, businesses and transport operators (train stations, etc) to collaborate on bringing the secure bike lock stands to life.
The firm told BikeBiz: "It will require additional partners as there are many parts of the cog that will involve others contractors and a technology partner to handle the integration into existing infrastructures, perhaps on a campus or business park. So we are keen to open up dialogue with interested parties."
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