Volvo Cars in collaboration with sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson has developed a life-saving wearable cycling technology which will be demonstrated at International CES 2015. This will be the first ever safety technology that can connect Volvo car drivers and cyclists in order to warn them before hand of a possible collision.
According to accident data from Europe, about 50 % of all cyclists are killed in the traffic due to collision with cars and there are nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries per year in the USA. However, the car to cyclist safety system can help minimize collision accidents on roads.
This is how the system works:
Bicyclists can launch an app such as Strava on their smartphones which will share their position through Volvo Cars cloud to cars and vice versa. If a forthcoming collision is calculated based on the position of the car and bicyclists, both will be warned through an alert system. The car driver will be alerted through a head-up display alert while cyclist will be warned via a helmet alert light. This 2-way communication will help avoid any unfortunate accidents.
Klas Bendrik, VP and Group CIO at Volvo Cars commented: “The partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in investigating the next steps towards Volvo Car’s vision to build cars that will not crash. Today our City Safety system, a standard in the all-new XC90, can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. By exploring cloud-based safety systems, we are now getting ever closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists and by that avoid collisions.”
This life saving technology can open up exciting development opportunities for reducing collision accidents between different cars and ultimately reducing loss of life due to road accidents.
Check out the car to cyclist safety system in action in the video below: