One start-up company is about to use space technology to eliminate the issue of blind spots in lorries, buses and other large vehicles altogether.
SeeCycle is developing a system that makes cyclists more visible to HGVs and buses by creating a ‘virtual protective field’ around the vehicle, which alerts the driver when a cyclist moves into their blind spot.
Daniel Warner, CEO at SeeCycle said: “Last year a fifth of crashes in the UK where cyclists were killed involved HGVs. This is a scary statistic at a time when people want to be healthier and help protect the environment by cycling more. Safety is a major and valid concern for cyclists, but by virtually eliminating blind spots in large vehicles, we are creating a safer journey for cyclists.”
Combining satellite navigation technology with hardware fitted either as a tag, or via an app, to both the cyclist and in the bus, SeeCycle is developing a system that can alert heavy vehicle drivers as soon as a cyclist moves into their blind spot so that they can react appropriately.
Read the complete article published by Science and Technology Facilities Council, 31 October 2016