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.


The idea is simple. New employees at AKQA don’t know each other yet, and more often than not are unfamiliar with San Francisco. A tandem bicycle would directly require people to work together in a simple way, while they explore what this beautiful city has to offer.

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.

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.

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