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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 220; doi:10.3390/s18010220

Increasing the Intensity over Time of an Electric-Assist Bike Based on the User and Route: The Bike Becomes the Gym

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Computer and Automation Department, University of Salamanca, 37002 Salamanca, Spain
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Artificial Intelligence Department, Polytechnic University of Madrid, 28660 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 27 October 2017 / Revised: 11 January 2018 / Accepted: 12 January 2018 / Published: 14 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Sensing Technologies for Personalised Coaching)
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Nowadays, many citizens have busy days that make finding time for physical activity difficult. Thus, it is important to provide citizens with tools that allow them to introduce physical activity into their lives as part of the day’s routine. This article proposes an app for an electric pedal-assist-system (PAS) bicycle that increases the pedaling intensity so the bicyclist can achieve higher and higher levels of physical activity. The app includes personalized assist levels that have been adapted to the user’s strength/ability and a profile of the route, segmented according to its slopes. Additionally, a social component motivates interaction and competition between users based on a scoring system that shows the level of their performances. To test the training module, a case study in three different European countries lasted four months and included nine people who traveled 551 routes. The electric PAS bicycle with the app that increases intensity of physical activity shows promise for increasing levels of physical activity as a regular part of the day. View Full-Text
Keywords: personalized assistance level; coaching; physical activity; electric bicycles personalized assistance level; coaching; physical activity; electric bicycles
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De La Iglesia, D.H.; De Paz, J.F.; Villarrubia González, G.; Barriuso, A.L.; Bajo, J.; Corchado, J.M. Increasing the Intensity over Time of an Electric-Assist Bike Based on the User and Route: The Bike Becomes the Gym. Sensors 2018, 18, 220.

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