Why can’t a bike’s dashboard be more like an Audi’s? That’s what a small group working with the German automaker’s “connected car” systems wanted to know. So they left Audi to find out.
They started a new company, iCradle. The result is the COBI, a $159 all-in-one electronic system you can mount on your handlebars. It includes turn signals, a headlight, a tail light, and a smartphone dock that will recharge your device while the system’s app optimizes routes via GPS, plots distance and speed, counts calories and heart rates and logs the results on health apps such as Apple Health and Google Fit. It plays music. There’s a theft alarm too.