P18392: Remote Control Bicycle Braking System


Project Summary Project Information

With the integration of tricycles into the cycling market, a greater range of riders are able to enjoy the benefits that riding has to offer. Specifically, those who struggle maintaining balance on a conventional bicycle can exploit the more stable dynamics of a tricycle. However, these individuals may have limitations regarding self and/or motor control. This can result in losing control of the tricycle or unintentionally riding into a dangerous situation. In most cases, the rider is accompanied or supervised by a guardian while riding the tricycle. Therefore, allowing the guardian to prevent the rider from entering these dangerous scenarios would be very advantageous to both parties.

The aim of this project is to provide a low-cost solution to grant the guardian this control over the rider. The system shall provide the ability to stop and/or slow the rider upon a wireless command from the guardian. Finally, the project will be developed in order to integrate into the customer's specific tricycle.

For an updated project description, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

Customer Hand Off!

Customer Hand Off!

Project Sponsors

Project Sponsors

Project Name
Remote Bicycle Braking System
Project Number
Project Family
Automated Systems and Controls
Start Term
2018 - Spring
End Term
2018 - Fall
Faculty Guide
Louis J. Beato, ljbeec@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Pamela Hannah
Sponsor (financial support)
Simon Center & RIT MSD

Team Members


Team "Safe Stop": Nicholas Jederlinic (EE), Eli Laramie (EE), Steven Reuter (ME), Justin Kon (EE), Gabriel Smith (CE)

Member Discipline Role Contact
Steven Reuter Mechanical Engineer Project Manager spr5916@rit.edu
Justin Kon Electrical Engineer Purchasing jxk8541@g.rit.edu
Eli Laramie Electrical Engineer Lead Integration Engineer exl1311@g.rit.edu
Nicholas Jederlinic Electrical Engineer Facilitator nj2349@rit.edu
Gabriel Smith Computer Engineer Communications gas6030@g.rit.edu

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Validation Presentation & Dissemination




Risk & Problem Tracking

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics


Test Plans

Test Results

Final Presentation

Technical Paper



The team would like to thank our primary sponsor the Simone Center for their guidance and financial support of the project. In addition, we thank our customer for bringing the project to RIT through the Idea Labs program and MSD office.

The braking system was also made possible with the guidance from Louis Beato, Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo, the RIT Machine Shop, and the numerous professors who shared their knowledge and passion for engineering with the team members during their time at RIT.