Cycle helmet communicates with cars

12.00 | 8 January 2015 |

A cycle helmet developed by Volvo to warn when a vehicle is too close to a cyclist is being showcased this week at the International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 Jan) (BBC News).

The helmet also alerts cyclists if they are in a vehicle’s blind spot to enable them to take action to avoid a collision.

The technology, developed by Volvo Cars, the sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson, comprises a helmet prototype that establishes two-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists.

Volvo says this is the first time a car manufacturer has “put a stake in the ground to help address the problem by using connected safety technology”.

The helmet uses a smartphone app to track the location and speed of a cyclist. This information is shared with any Volvo vehicles nearby that are equipped with the firm’s City Safety* system. This alerts drivers to the presence of a cyclist even if the rider is in a blind spot or when visibility is poor.

The system calculates potential trajectories of both bicycle and car and warns when a collision is imminent. It can also take control of a car to apply brakes if it gets too close to a cyclist. Drivers will be alerted via the car’s head-up display and the rider will be warned through a light mounted on the helmet.

Klas Bendrik, Volvo Cars, said: “By exploring cloud-based safety systems we are getting ever closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists and by that avoiding collisions.”

Volvo’s City Safety system – standard on the all-new XC90 models – is a technology that can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. It has paved the way for the innovative helmet technology concept, currently being presented at the International CES 2015.


Comment on this story

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.