It was just a couple of years ago that we first heard about See.Sense
bike lights. Using integrated sensors, they can determine when the
rider is doing things such as going through a road junction, navigating a
roundabout, or moving through lanes of traffic – they can also tell
when the sun is going down, or when vehicle headlights are approaching.
In all cases, the lights respond by shining brighter and blinking
faster. Now, their inventors have added even more functions by creating a
connected version of the lights, known as See.Sense Icon.
Even if motorized bicycles turn you off, perhaps you still appreciate
some of the electronic bells and whistles that are included on many
e-bikes. If that's the case, then a "smart bike"
might be more to your liking. One of the latest to catch our eye is the
Cotlo Corvus, which features a car-detecting rear radar system and a
built-in OLED display. We came across a prototype at Interbike 2015, and
got the goods.
When you compare it to the wreckage a drunk driver can cause, an inebriated cyclist mightn't seem all that great a threat. But in reality any road user with impaired judgement can wreak havoc through an ignored stop sign or traffic light, whatever their choice of ride. The Alcoho-Lock is aimed at preventing cyclists from hopping in the saddle when they've had one too many, working in much the same way as breath-test locks for drunk drivers.
Adding lights to a bike helmet is one way to improve visibility at night, but Chinese company Livall has gone a step further – its LED-loaded helmet also serves as a walkie-talkie and sends out an SOS alert when you fall down.
Aiming to boost bicycle security and rider safety in one stroke, Australian designers Tosika Maluma and Carson Tully have created a wearable bicycle lock with 60 built-in LED lights.
One of the big reasons people give for not commuting by bicycle is the
fear that drivers won't notice them on the road. While various devices
are available to make bikes and riders more visible, the designers of
the 125-decibel Loud Bicycle Horn have concentrated their efforts on
another goal – making sure that cyclists are heard.
Emergency braking often entails the risk of ending up rear-ended by a following vehicle whose operator failed to analyze the situation soon enough. That can be particularly bad news for motorcyclists, so BMW Motorrad has enhanced its safety arsenal with the introduction of a dynamic brake light that is designed to better warn following traffic of the braking action taking place up front.
between cyclists and motorists can be a tense, frankly unpleasant
aspect of the morning commute, but a new invention by Seattle-based
company Artefact (or more specifically its incubation program,
Startefact) is aiming to patch things up and hopefully save some
lives in the process. BrakePack is an LED-fitted smart backpack
designed to make cyclists more visible to motorists,
while signalling their intentions.
BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars have just launched an exclusive partnership to develop airbag safety clothing. The first product from the pairing will be a motorcycle jacket equipped with an airbag waistcoat based on Alpinestars' Tech-Air airbag technology.