Design & Art Direction
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Experimental, Product Design

We wanted a way for new hires at AKQA to get to know each other and the city of San Francisco. This led us to creating Pilot - a tandem bicycle that helps new starters at AKQA find new places and meet new friends.

What started as an idea in the sketchbook became a reality when we found the perfect vintage Schwinn Town & Country tandem for sale in Marin county. We rigged up a Raspberry Pi with onboard wifi, and gave the thing a new paintjob and Brooks saddles to boot.

 
Using built-in GPS, Pilot directs its riders to an undisclosed location by signaling left and right turns via haptic signals and LED lights built into the bike’s handlebars.
 
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After the ride, the app shows the final destination, the route taken to get there and gives riders a voucher to spend with their new found friend.