Tech Update: Cycle Helmet Talks To Drivers To Warn Of Crash
Volvo To Demonstrate Talking Cycle Helmet At International CES
A Volvo helmet for cyclists that sends a signal to drivers to warn that a collision is imminent will be revealed at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
The system relies on a smartphone app for cyclists, such as Strava. This relays the cyclist's position to the car via the Volvo Cloud. The vehicle replays its position to the application.
If a collision is likely, the driver is warned via a windscreen head-up display. The cyclist is alerted by a flashing light in the helmet. Corrective action can then be taken. According to the manufacture, performance is not impeded by blind spots, bends, or other vehicles.
Volvo says “the global growth in cycling continues unabated” as 123 million were sold globally in 2013. In the UK in 2013, cycle casualties were 31% higher than 2009. Further – the manufacturer says - “50% of all cyclists killed in European traffic” collided with a car.
Volvo Collaborating With Related Industries
The helmet technology spans various industries so Volvo is collaborating with POS – a protective gravity sports gear manufacturer - and Ericsson, a communication specialist.
Klas Bendrik, VP and Group CIO at Volvo Cars, said: “The partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in investigating the next steps towards Volvo Cars’ vision to build cars that will not crash.”
Stefan Ytterborn, CEO and Founder of POC, added: “Our mission is to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists.”
Per Borgklint, SVP and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson, said: “There is perhaps no greater promise that the Networked Society holds than its ability to create connections that save lives”.