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Ridelink – You’ll never ride alone

Founders

Stephan Kaufmann

HQ

Frankfurt, Germany

Milestones and Achievements

Founded: 2019
Awards:
Winner Galileo Masters 2019 in the field of Satellite Communication

Incubated by ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg

In Germany alone there are 27,000 motorcycle accidents per year – with 700 fatalities. The most common reasons for accidents are collisions with cars. Ridelink is here to make those number better. Their solution aims to make roads safer for motorcyclists thanks to their new IoT product. By tracking your driving style, the Ridelink solution improves passive and active motorcycle safety. The IoT device also recognises if you’ve had an accident or a breakdown and can send backup support immediately. There’s no need to worry about theft either – Ridelink always monitors your motorcycle’s position.

The tech behind Ridelink relies on GNSS satellite data for accurate geo-positioning and weather data from Metosat. These data sources are combined and analysed and the results are displayed directly on the Ridelink app. The two parts of the Ridelink solution are the app and an adapter. The adapter can be used on its own to track your journeys and record your data, or used in combination with the app for maximum data tracking. You can also just use the app to organise trips with your friends. The adapter has a gyroscope to measure lean angles, an accelerometer for speed, a GNSS receiver, and a battery monitor. It connects to your smartphone via its own Wi-Fi network and a 2G/4G data module that uploads your information to the cloud. Lastly, additional data from the internal engine control unit (CAN bus) can be connected and displayed directly on the app.

Ridelink adapter

Ridelink was founded by a motorcycle enthusiast with a background in technology. Stephan aims to bring the driver in focus, ensuring that their driving experience remains the core objective of the project. He has also worked on the open telematic platform (OTP), a telematics platform that connects cars with IoT. The rest of the Ridelink team have IT experience in a plethora of projects, one even being an E-scooter start-up. Ridelink’s mission is to make riding motorcycles safer through the use of IoT and technology.

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