BELGIAN bike builder Saroléa has announced that its new model will come equipped with the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence tech.
The firm has joined forces with software company ML6 to utilise the latter’s Waizu product, developed earlier this year, which uses advanced self-learning algorithms to help process optimisation.
With the electric powertrain of the new MANX7 model now running with the aid of an artificial intelligence processor courtesy of Google, Saroléa boss Bjorn Robbens says it has the potential to increase the efficiency of the bike’s development cycle.
“Over the past four years, we have already collected millions of data lines and developed a basic configuration,” he said. “This will quickly add up to billions and such an ongoing data feed will keep optimising the model even more.
“Moreover, all motorcycles are now connected with each other via the IoT chip which means they learn from each other, so to speak. The more motorcycles and the more data we have, the better the optimization will be.
“Because of reinforcement learning, each engine will know exactly which settings are optimal in which situation, leading to a better performance and more autonomy.”
And while he admitted it could mean more automate control from the brains of the bike, Robbens also says the new software could have significant ramifications in extending battery life.
“On the one hand, this allows to increase the vehicle’s efficiency, leading to more autonomy as a direct result. On the other hand, we also extend the battery’s lifecycle.
“The way in which a battery is used and charged helps determine its lifespan. If we can evolve towards a model in which the battery is charged and used in ideal circumstances, its autonomy could improve by 20 to 40 per cent and the battery will last for years.”
Saroléa also intends to make the technology available to other manufacturers through a future platform.
“Buses, trucks, bicycles, automated guided vehicles; we are looking at the bigger picture here. We want to package the technology and know-how we have built up with our partner, ML6, and offer an off-the-shelf solution to other OEM players,”