Wearable Tech Could Save Lives of Bicyclists
Bike riding is fun and a great way to get exercise, but there is always a danger of being hit by a car when riding on roads. Volvo, Ericsson and POC a company that makes protective gear for sports, are teaming up to create some wearable tech that may very well save the lives of bike riders. This is an in-car system/in helmet system that sets off a two-way proximity alarm that warns both the bike rider and the car driver that the other is approaching.
Volvo vehicles have location data that is constantly being uploaded to the cloud. Bicyclists can upload an app that accesses that data and the system will give warning when the two are approaching each other. In the car a warning will flash on the in-car display. The cyclists will have helmet lights that blink to warn of an approaching car. Volvo is excited about this project and is planning on demonstrating this new technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, 2015.