Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, said that he is considering a plan to collect data about car accidents involving bicycle and pedestrians. According to the latest figure which is in 2012, there were nearly 5000 pedestrians killed and sadly, the figure is increasing more each year. To prevent this, car makers also play their part by collecting data based on their car sensors which eventually helps them in coming up with solutions to improve the safety of cyclists on the road.
Jaguar Land Rover for example, has come up with “Bike Sense” research project and based on the results, the company is exploring a few ideas to minimize the accident between cars and bicycles. For example, whenever the car goes nearer to the bicycle, the car uses lights, sounds or vibration on the car seat which tap the driver on a shoulder to alert them that there is bicycle nearby or when the driver open the door and there is speeding cyclist nearby, the handle will buzz.
Osram Opto, a German laser and photodiodes maker, on the other hand, is working together with Phantom Intelligence, a tier one auto supplier to equip Maserati with a lidar-camera unit which will detect pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle. The cost is dramatically lowered down to about $150 in the hope that it could be implemented to millions of vehicles.
Volvo introduced “Cyclist Detection” technology, which is basically installing radar in the front grille and a camera mounted in the rear view mirror which will then warn the driver and will brake automatically if the pedestrian or cyclist is too close with them. Currently it is offered in about seven Volvo models.
Above is only some of the things that the carmakers are coming up with to help in lowering down the number of accidents caused by cars and bicycles.