Bike manufacturer Vanmoof has introduced a new Smart Bike that growls like an animal to deter potential thieves and sends an alert to the owner

Dutch bike company Vanmoof has introduced the latest models of its Smart S and X bikes, which it says are “putting bike thieves out of business everywhere.” Fitted with anti-theft technology, these bikes are sensitive to the touch of their owners, and when handled by someone unfamiliar, they will begin to growl like an animal until they are left alone.

The bike owner will also be sent an alert through the corresponding Vanmoof app. In addition, if the bike-thief succeeds in stealing the bike despite the alarm, the Vanmoof bike hunter team, who once traced a bike from Paris to Brussels, will attempt to track it down.

As people become more environmentally conscious and the number of regular bike users continues to rise in many major cities, it makes sense that bike owners should have the same peace of mind when they lock their bike outside as car owners do when parking on a lot or street. Not only that, but the technology employed by Vanmoof to prevent theft shows how biometric technology can be utilized to protect personal property, in the same way that it protects personal information on mobile devices.

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Dutch bike company Vanmoof has introduced the latest models of its Smart S and X bikes, which it says are “putting bike thieves out of business everywhere.” Fitted with anti-theft technology, these bikes are sensitive to the touch of their owners, and when handled by someone unfamiliar, they will begin to growl like an animal until they are left alone.

The bike owner will also be sent an alert through the corresponding Vanmoof app. In addition, if the bike-thief succeeds in stealing the bike despite the alarm, the Vanmoof bike hunter team, who once traced a bike from Paris to Brussels, will attempt to track it down.