While most cyclists like to think that they're pretty good at spotting
road hazards such as potholes and sewer grates, the fact is that no one
can watch the asphalt all the time. Inevitably, things like
smartphone navigation screens, motorists or traffic lights are going to
distract them. That's why Byxee was created. It's a bar-mounted device
that scans the road in front of the bike hundreds of times per second,
alerting the rider to anything that might wreck their wheels or even
cause them to crash.
America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown members of Congress the latest advances it has made in the quest for anti drunk-driving technology in the car. Working in partnership with an industry consortium, the NHTSA unveiled a test-car designed to help it fine-tune driver interactions with potentially life-saving anti drunk-driving innovations.
Last August, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive – a 101-mph (163-km/h) line drive. The horrifying video clip made any viewer hope that such an incident would never happen again. But it already has. While the risk is statistically low, comeback line drives to the head occur virtually every season in professional baseball. The MLB is trying to find a workable solution, but so far, approved protective head gear has proven bulky, awkward and extremely unpopular. Jennings is one of the major leaguers that has worked with Safer Sports Technologies in trying a lighter, lower profile solution: a carbon fiber protector that slides inside a regular ball cap.
When cycling at night, it's important not just to be seen from the front
and back but also from the sides. In order to make that happen, bicycle
lighting systems typically either add dedicated side lights or they divert
part of the main headlight beam. The Ding headlight, however, puts out
one beam that shines forward, along with a second one that lights up the
road directly to either side of the bike.
There are already bicycle "running lights" that plug into the ends of
the handlebars, providing side visibility when cycling at night. HueRay
takes that same idea but makes it sturdier and more self-contained, with
silicone bar grips that incorporate their own high-intensity LEDs.
While a smoke detector can certainly provide you with an early warning
in the event of a house fire, it can't usually do much to help you get
out of the building once that fire is underway. That's why Toronto-based
startup Safety iQ developed the Saver. It's a portable device that
reportedly allows users to breathe safely in smoke-filled environments,
while also serving as a flashlight and alarm.
A smoke detector is necessary for keeping your home safe, and with the
rise of smart devices, it only makes sense for them to be one of the
first items to get connected. Halo WX, a new smoke detector just hitting
the market, features all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detection one
would expect, while also adding in alerts for natural disasters.
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.
If there are a lot of good ol' boys where you live, then you're likely
familiar with Truck Nuts – rubber testicles that are hung from a
pickup truck's trailer hitch. Well, a couple of Toronto-based designers
have come up with something similar for bicycles. Known as Bike Balls,
they actually serve as a tail light that catches motorists' attention by
swinging merrily back and forth.
Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car program, has published a post in which he admits that the small fleet (20+) of Google autonomous cars has been involved in 11 accidents over the almost 1.7 million miles (2.7 million km) the cars have traveled in the six years the vehicles have been on the road. However, Urmson was adamant that “not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident” and revealed some of the lessons learned over the journey so far.