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Old 12-23-2014, 06:52 AM   #1
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Volvos latest tech warns drivers of bikes they havent seen

Could it tackle SMIDSY crashes

VOLVO has developed technology that alerts drivers to the presence of cyclists and could also warn them of motorcyclists.

The system uses a smartphone app to monitor the rider's position in relation to a prototype car. When the two are at risk of collision, the driver is warned through a head-up display and the rider by a light in his helmet.

A Volvo spokesman said the system could warn drivers of bikes they can't yet see and help tackle SMIDSY crashes, so called because drivers who cause them commonly say 'Sorry mate, I didn't see you.'

He said it would be possible for the technology to warn drivers of motorcyclists as well as cyclists. ‘Right now the technology is only in its concept stage but I don’t think we would ever restrict it to just cyclists. We would look to where else it could help for other vulnerable road users,’ he said.

The concept is a result of an all-Swedish partnership between Volvo, Ericsson and cycle helmet maker Poc.

It's due to be demonstrated at a technology trade show in Las Vegas next month.
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