Twenty Two Motors claims patent for Hill Assist feature for 2W

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 May 2019

Gurgaon-based Twenty Two Motors (22Motors) today claimed that it has become the first two-wheeler company globally to obtain a worldwide patent for its invention of the hill assist control feature on a two-wheeler. A example of intelligent engineering, the patent was filed on February 7, 2019 and was granted on May 9, 2019. 

The company says this will further add to customer safety, the special feature will provide riders with a composed all-terrain journey while also eliminating any possibility of accidents when on inclined ground. On a gradient, hill-assist control automatically engages and stops the two-wheeler from rolling backwards and gives the rider a few seconds to accelerate forward. This system also prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards during bumper-to-bumper traffic, a feature useful in the urban areas.

Parveen Kharb, CEO and co-founder, 22Motors said, “We often underestimate the dangers of riding uphill and while most four-wheelers are complete with safety features like hill start assist, we firmly believe that everyone has an equal right to safety. We felt the need to engineer similar technology for two-wheelers and we are thrilled that our commitment to deliver the best to our consumers has been recognised in the form of this patent. At 22Motors, rider safety is integral to our business and our products speak for our philosophy. This invention is yet another step in our journey to make premium products that are futuristic, powerful and practical.”

The company had showcased the tech-laden connected scooter - the 'Flow' last year which would be priced at around Rs 74,740. However, there is still little clarity on the company's actual manufacturing and retail commencement plans.  The electric scooter features three modes: reverse mode, cruise mode and drag mode. The drag mode available on the scooter allows riders to continue riding the scooter during a breakdown at 3 kilometres per hour, which is the average walking speed, eliminating the need to drag the scooter.

What's more with the company announcing its partnership last year with Taiwan's Kymco, which manufactures scooters, motorcycles and ATVs. Today's announcement, could possibly make its debut in the expected-to-be-launched Kymco's first product offering for India.

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