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This electric bicycle can stabilise itself by steering into a fall

Jiaming Xiong/Peking University

A self-balancing electric bicycle that can turn corners could be used by older people, those with balance issues or people learning to ride.

Jiaming Xiong at Peking University in Beijing, China, and his colleagues added gyroscopic sensors to a standard electric bicycle. These can detect when the bike starts to lean and trigger it to steer into the direction of the fall in order to stabilise. The bicycle goes faster when needed to keep itself vertical.

“Under proper control parameters, it can go infinitely far, as …