Over at technology event CES, some exciting things are happening – and today we heard some great news for cyclists. As Techworld writes, car maker Volvo has unveiled new collision prediction technology which will be demonstrated during CES in Las Vegas this week.
Using a two-way communication system, the proximity of a connected car and a cyclist’s smartphone app is assessed using GPS. The driver is then alerted as to the cyclist’s position via the dashboard, and if a collision is predicted, a red light will flash on the cyclist’s helmet warning them to slow down.
Volvo already makes use of a cloud-based safety system – back in 2013, it introduced a cyclist detection system with automated emergency braking in its connected cars. This new technology, developed in partnership with Ericsson and leading Swedish cycling gear firm POC, is in the prototype phase and will hopefully reach a stage where we can see it in action on our own streets in the UK.
After a spate of fatal cycling accidents in the capital last year, Transport for London has stepped up a gear with extra cycle lanes and warning signs on the back of larger vehicles, and it would be great to see Volvo’s technology assisting in making the city safer.
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