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Stuff you’ll want to get on the road

The Italian Volt bike, is partially made from 3D printing. Photo: Stuff Singapore
The Garmin 65W dash cam and tell you when to move. Photo: Stuff Singapore
Bridgestone's new bike "tyres" aren't really tyres at all. Photo: Stuff Singapore

Stuff you’ll want to get on the road

SINGAPORE — What makes going on the road interesting is not necessarily the actual drive itself. As every driver or rider knows, sometimes it is the little things that count.

Here, then, are three little things that could spice up your on-the-road experience in the future.

italian Volt’s bespoke BIKE

The dream for any adventurous rider is to build a two-wheeled machine of their own. But if they lack the know-how, they might want to try Italian Volt: The brand offers bespoke-built 3D-printed bikes that take the rider from 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds, using nothing but electricity.

The 3D-printed bodywork panels are user configurable; and the Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension are some serious hardware. A full charge in 40 minutes — that you can monitor on your mobile phone — makes this mean machine quite handy indeed.

Just remember to make sure your new toy is road-approved here.

GARMIN’S DASH CAM 65W

These days, tales of motorway mayhem are shared online, thanks to videos shot by dash cams. Garmin’s latest snapper, slated to be out on June 5, shoots videos — and does a bit more. It comes equipped with a 180-degree wide-angle lens, and is fitted with a “Go” sensor that will tell you when the traffic ahead has started to moved.

It can also deliver red-light and speed-camera alerts, as well as detect incidents with the on-board G-sensor. Sadly, while voice control is built-in, you cannot ask it to parallel park for you.

BRIDGESTONE’S AIRLESS BIKE TYRES

Tubeless and solid tyres are both already helping cyclists to live the puncture-free dream, but neither look quite as spectacular as Bridgestone’s airless concept wheels.

These “tyres” use a system of blade-like spokes, with the rims wrapped in slim rubber, to create a lightweight spinner that is strong and, most importantly, immune to punctures. The resin and rubber used in the wheel’s quirky construction can be recycled; while the tread pattern is designed to reduce rolling resistance, which means fewer pedals per kilometre for cyclists.

Bridgestone reckons these tubeless spinners should be out by 2019, alongside other applications of the concept, although there is no word on pricing yet. STUFF SINGAPORE