Volvo, Ericsson and POC Partner for Cycle Safety Technology

By Tim Maytom

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Nearly 50 per cent of cyclist fatalities in traffic accidents are due to collisions with cars, but Volvo, Ericsson and sport gear manufacturer POC are aiming to reduce that figure with a connected car and helmet prototype.

The concept solution will establish 2-way communication between cyclists and cars, offering proximity warnings to both motorists and cyclists and thereby helping to avoid accidents.

Cycling has seen continued global growth as commuters increasingly elect to take to their bikes. This has results in an increase in serious cycling accidents, which Volvo Cars and POC hope to combat with an innovative and concerted effort.

The helmet solution, which will be unveiled at CES 2015, will use an existing smartphone app and Volvo’s cloud platform to pinpoint both cyclists and cars with GPS. If an imminent collision is predicted, both parties are warned through a heads-up display alert (for drivers) and helmet-mounted light alert (for cyclists), enabling them to take action.

“The partnership between Volvo, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in delivering against our future vision in which cars will not crash,” said Klas Bendrik, group chief information officer at Volvo Cars. “By exploring cloud-based safety systems, we …read more

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