The Bicycle of the Future Will Warn Its Rider When a Car Is About to Hit It

While Volvo wants to save lives with their new connected helmet technology, bicycle enthusiasts around the planet are focusing on designing safety features that could be applied straight to the two-wheeler. It’s the case with a new smart bike currently in development in the Netherlands that works through moving sensors and image processing to notify the rider whenever a risk of accident appears.
Smart bike 1 photo
Photo: Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
In case you heaven’t read the news, we’ll take the time to remind you about Volvo’s new safety system. The auto maker wants to integrate the cars and riders (via their helmets and smartphones) to a “grid” that monitors their location. Basically, whenever two vehicles are getting close to each other, the system sends alerts which should cause them to be more cautious.

The intelligent bicycle, on the other hand, works based on rather simpler principles, but counts on solely the rider to prevent accidents from happening. Designed by the Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), a Dutch agency that is currently experimenting with all sorts of new traffic safety technologies, the smart bike will alarm you whenever a vehicle is getting too close.

The electric bicycle has a radar mounted below the handlebars that detect the range and speed of oncoming obstacles. In the back, a camera system attached to the rear fender uses image processing to detect multiple vehicles at the same time. All the data is then sorted by an advanced algorithm, filtering out which obstacles are important and calculating how much time is left before a possible crash.

For the obstacles located in front, the handlebars will vibrate, while anything coming from the back will translate into the saddle vibrating. Like Volvo’s new system, the Dutch bike is also based on the simple fact that most accidents happen because the people involved don’t see then coming.

As we previously mentioned, the two-wheeler runs on an electric motor and currently is still on development, since its creators are trying to make it looser than 55 pounds, how much it weighs at the moment. It’s not clear when exactly, but it should rich the market in a couple of years and a price of $2,000 to $4,000.
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