Keeping cyclists safe with IoT

- 29th July 2017 -

According to ROSPA, 18,844 cyclists were injured or killed in road accidents in the U.K. in 2015

With around 75% of these accidents occurring in urban areas, how can we make cities safer for cyclists?

Here are three IoT applications that could help: πŸš²πŸ’πŸ«πŸš—πŸšŒ

- 1 - Making cities smarter with soft infrastructure

Dan Hill, Chief Design Officer at Future Cities

"Many cities are spending serious money, time, and attention on improving the 'hard infrastructure' of cities to make cycling safer... "Yet there is potential in a soft infrastructure that can be overlaid on existing urban fabric to further support cycling, which takes advantage of contemporary technologies such as wearables, Internet of Things, real-time sensor data, and so on."

In the case of existing city infrastructure, public transport could benefit from a soft overlay of IoT tech to improve cycling safety 🚲 🚌

Indeed, when it comes to cycling, a quarter of serious accidents are caused by buses 'passing too close' to the rider

Blind spot visualisation

Smart technology could therefore be used to help buses spot the presence of a cyclist nearby. When detected, a projection is triggered into the upcoming path of the cyclist, visually mapping out the the zone in which the bus can't see you. It's hoped this would warn cyclists of potential danger and incite safe evasive action.

- 2 - Preventing human error with talking cars

Human error is the most frequently reported reason for a collision with a cyclist, with the most common accidents involving cars that emerge into or turn across the path of a cyclist 🚲 πŸš—

Smart car meet smart helmet

Using two-way cloud based communication, Volvo's smart helmet shares a rider's location with car drivers and vice versa. When the vehicle or cyclist gets too close visual cues are used to warn of a potential collision.

A helmet mounted light flashes as a warning for the cyclist, while the driver receives their alert as a visual warning projected onto their windscreen

- 3 - Letting smart bikes take the lead in route finding

Canyons and die-ins

In February hundreds of cyclists staged a 'die-in'β€”laying down next to their bikes outside London's Treasury to raise concerns about pollution levels cyclists are exposed to on London streets. The canyon effect, affecting cyclists in central lanes, can be particularly hazardous to health.

Pollution-free routing

Another speculative design from Future Cities Catapult, pollution-free routing builds upon the tech used in the Big Data Cycle. Smart bikes that measure air quality are made smarter still through the ability to process data and make real-time suggestions to the cyclist about potentially cleaner, and therefore healthier routes to take.

Coming up:

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