Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that trials of detection software to enhance bus driver awareness of pedestrians and cyclists will start later this month.
Four buses will be fitted with new pedestrian and cyclist detection software as part of a six-week trial. The technology alerts bus drivers when pedestrians and cyclists are moving close to their vehicles in order to help reduce collisions.
TfL is trialling two systems, ‘CycleEye’ and ‘Cycle Safety Shield’. CycleEye uses radar and optical technology to detect cyclists in close proximity to vehicles and audibly alerts the bus driver to their presence. Cycle Safety Shield detects pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists in close proximity to vehicles and gives a visual warning and then an audible alert to the driver.
A report detailing the findings of the trial and suggested next steps will be available later this year.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director for surface transport, said: “We are all pedestrians, and the number of people cycling in London is increasing, therefore it is vital that we continue to make London’s streets as safe as possible.”