Pedalled vehicles, known as velocars, were a popular mode of urban transportation in France during the 1930s and 1940s. These machines were breaking cycling speed records before being declared ineligible to race by cycling’s governing body, the UCI. Inspired by this concept, VeloMetro is building Veemo™ to meet the demands of 21st century urban residents.
Veemo™ is a sophisticated, enclosed, electric-assist, smartphone-connected vehicle, ideal for urban and suburban areas. Veemo™ are human-powered, with electric assist to help on hills and over longer distances. The enclosure protects users from inclement weather and the cargo space provides practical functionality for running errands. Veemo™ replaces automobiles, not bicycles, and they overcome the shortcomings of bicycles with all-weather use, lockable cargo space, and anti-theft provisions.
This healthy, active, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation will be available to anyone over the age of 18. Veemo™ is legally classified as a bicycle, so no driver’s licence is required. This will give access to the 50% of young adults under 25 who don’t have a driver’s licence. Users will have the ability to sign up online and ride within a few minutes using their smartphone, thereby eliminating the need to wait for a key fob or access card to be sent in the mail.