There are countless projects happening here at our engineering studio. This is the beginning of a series where we will introduce various members of the team along with the components that make up the Copenhagen Wheel. We will explore their challenges, successes and goals…
One of the most exciting developments is the Control System and it is one of our main focus points at Superpedestrian.
What is it?
Behind the seamless propulsion and the smooth ride there is a smart control system. A team of specialists from varied backgrounds is working at our Cambridge studio to make the Copenhagen Wheel’s riding experience your new standard.
Jon - vehicle dynamics, physics and control of the bike
My goal is to remove obstacles such as wind, hills and fatigue between you and the simple joy of cycling. I want to make you forget that you are riding a Copenhagen Wheel and at the same time wonder why your ride is so easy. I want the technology to disappear.
In more technical terms, my goal is to translate data from sensors into commands. This involves the development of a number of control algorithms in software. Notably, algorithms focused on the motor and how to regulate the power it produces, algorithms related to monitoring the Wheel’s temperature and algorithms that determine how much assist to provide to the rider. All of these algorithms are aimed at improving the rider experience.
James - embedded hardware engineer, circuit design debugging and fabrication
My day to day work at Superpedestrian consists of debugging and testing hardware. I have designed and built multiple Copenhagen Wheel prototypes. My specific field is electronic design, I have done schematic capture and layout for multiple Wheel hubs, printed them, soldered the components on and then evaluated them. My work with The Copenhagen Wheel started at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, where I worked on the last prototype prior to Superpedestrian. I was the first join the team in January 2013.
Right now I’m working with JD on the battery pack. It has been an exciting challenge to design for manufacturing, I’m thrilled to be a part of this team of industry veterans.
Stay tuned for more Control System elements and Copenhagen Wheel updates.