Arc to launch Vector electric bike with smart helmet and jacket

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Coventry-based firm Arc is to launch its Vector Electric Bike at Milan’s EICMA show on November 6, alongside its technology-packed Zenith helmet and intelligent rider jacket. 

Promising an all-new connection with the road and the environment, the Vector claims to be one of the most advanced electric motorbikes ever brought to market, utilizing exotic materials, thoroughbred componentry and cutting-edge architecture in a futuristic body.

Combined with Arc’s Zenith helmet and Origin armoured clothing, Arc claims it is the most efficient, safest and most fulfilling electric motorcycle experience yet. For the first time, Human Machine Interface (HMI) has been taken to a new level, comprising an intelligent rider jacket packed with haptic sensory technology and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) helmet inspired by fighter pilot technology.

For example, the biker’s shoulder may vibrate to alert of a potential hazard, or the jacket will amplify the sense of excitement during a dynamic ride, while information is projected in front of the rider so they can keep their eyes fixed to the road.

Says Arc’s founder and CEO, Mark Truman:

“At Arc, we have set out to create an electric motorbike with soul – one which thrills riders every bit as much as a high performance internal combustion bike, and which is more inspiring and desirable than any other two-wheel motorcycle on the planet.”

“We’ve taken technologies previously unexplored by bike builders to transform the way we ride. Arc Vector satisfies those of us who are rarely satisfied, who are always looking for a different road, a different view. We understand the need to be different, to be better, and challenge the norm.”

Add Truman:

“The sensory experience this machine provides, with its haptic amplifiers and HUD helmet, has never been done before. People ask me if this could be distracting, but it is actually designed to be the total opposite. The tech frees you and your senses because the distractions have been removed. It allows you to concentrate on the road and your one-ness with the bike, to just enjoy the moment knowing the bike is looking out for you and the information you need is right in front of you.”

Based in Coventry at the centre of the UK’s automotive high-tech industry, the Arc Vector is hand-made motorcycle with a lightweight carbon-composite structure. It will make its debut along with the Origin jacket and Zenith helmet at the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) on November 6. Arc’s interactive stand can be found in Hall 15, Booth S27.

Chris Price