The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has previously shown the world some of their in-car cyclist collision detection systems that help prevent accidents for both parties on the road. It appears as though now the safety conscious Volvo is about to publicly show case a piece of technology for bike riders, which could improve safety even further.
The stats for road collision involving cars and cyclists are not good. 50 per cent of all cyclists killed in European traffic accidents, have collided with a car. Keeping this in mind, Volvo has partnered up with Ericsson and protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC, to create a cycling helmet which communicates with proximity sensors in cars. The helmet is currently in its prototype stage.
The sensors will send alerts to the car and conversely from the car to the helmet, so both the driver and the rider will know that they are approaching one another. Both the helmet and Volvo’s in-car system will send data to the cloud. If a collision is impending, then all those involved are alerted.
The driver of the car will be shown an alert through a heads-up display. This occurs even if the cyclist is in a blind spot from the perspective of the driver. The rider will be warned by the flashing of a helmet-mounted alert light.
Stefan Ytterborn, CEO and founder of POC said, ”Our mission is to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists…The partnership with Volvo Cars aligns very well with our mission and we are excited to see how we can contribute to cyclist safety and increase interaction between cars and cyclists alike.”
The prototype concept helmet will be showcased at CES 2015 in Las Vegas in January.
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