50 % of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car, while the States see nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries each year. Volvo Cars wants to do something about that and has teamed up with protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson to try to end crashes between cars and bikes. In order to achieve that, the three companies have developed a wearable cycling tech concept which will be revealed at International CES January 6 2015 in Las Vegas.The safety technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. The system will offer proximity alerts to both parties.Volvo’s cars come with a standard feature on the all-new XC90, already can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. The cyclist’s position can be shared through the Volvo cloud to the car, and vice versa, using a popular smartphone app for bicyclists, like Strava. If an imminent collision is calculated, both road users will be warned – and enabled to take the necessary action to avoid a potential accident.The Volvo driver will be alerted to a cyclist nearby through a head-up display alert and the cyclist will also be warned via a helmet-mounted alert light.
I think it is great that Volvo is introducing a technology that can save and avoid many deaths. As i have mentioned earlier that 50 % of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car, while the States see nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries each year. I think this is a very good idea since many people want to be healthy and they ride their bikes but they had the fear of being crashed into a car. But now with this new technological development many people will allow themselves to ride their bikes and be healthy. Now I think they wouldn’t have anything to fear. I know for a fact that people fear this because I am one of them. I do fear Of my life that a car might accidentally crash into me. But that won’t happen in the future any more.