Cycling: Detecting hidden electric motors

Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research

Published : 4 June 2018

In research conducted under a contract between the CEA and UCI (the world’s governing body for professional cycling), Leti is developing a system capable of detecting an electric motor hidden in a bicycle in real time.

The researchers are planning to develop a lightweight, compact, and reliable embedded tracker. They selected a magnetometer to detect the magnetic signature produced by all electric motors. Next, they will have to identify the many potential disturbances in the environment, from rotating wheels and pedals to passing motorcycles and cars.

The data from the sensor will be sent in real time via the cloud to race commissioners. UCI hopes that the future device will eliminate “high-tech” doping.


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