In the streets and roads we live cars, cyclists and pedestrians, but the critical point of this coexistence has always been between motor vehicles and cyclists. We constantly see disrespectful overtaking cyclists. Despite repeated ad nauseam, there are drivers who do not know they have to save 1.5 meters apart or more when overtaking a cyclist and that in these overtaking the solid line may overflow if any, provided that no endanger cyclists or vehicles running on the opposite lane.
But circulate repeatedly by narrow mountain roads where cyclists abound not encounter another problem. Many times a cyclist may be hidden by the curve, and we take a scare to in the middle of our journey, with the risk of accident by the speed difference. Volvo presented at CES in Las Vegas a technology that for the first time connects drivers and cyclists.
Volvo, the manufacturer of sports equipment POC and Ericsson are the three companies involved in this project two-way communication between cars and bicycles. The concept is based on a communication system integrated in the car (as many of these systems between vehicles) and another built into the hull of the cyclist. In this way both can receive alerts by proximity and avoid accidents.
The system works by connecting both the car and the helmet to a particular application for smartphones, which constantly updates the positions of both vehicles. If it is detected that could be a danger of collision, both are alerted by the system. A twist on a corner, a curve, intersections or driving at night is some situations in which this system could be useful. The driver is alerted by the images projected by the head-up display, while the rider puts you at a red light situation in the town.
The Volvo XC90 and City Safety system can detect cyclists and activate emergency braking, avoiding accidents. This technology would be especially useful in open roads, avoiding examples like the above. In town with this widespread technology could create a conflict of information overload for both drivers and cyclists, although it would be tricky given the small number of riders using helmet urban. The law allows, but does not replace the protection afforded by a helmet.