As of this week, drivers of BMWs may be a little less frustrated by
traffic lights. No, they don't now have the power to change red lights
to green, but they can at least find out how long it'll be before lights
change color. This feature comes courtesy of a partnership with
Orgeon-based startup Connected Signals, which makes an existing app
known as EnLighten.
Sydney, Australia, has become the world's first city to boast E Ink-based traffic signs. Built by RMS and integrating Visionect’s e-paper signage electronics and software, the solar-powered signs promise both greater efficiency and improved reliability compared to than standard electronic roadsigns.
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.
We've all been there at some time ... stuck behind a slower-moving
vehicle on a two-lane highway, having to periodically pull part-way into
the oncoming lane to check if it's safe to pass. Needless to say, it
would be much safer and easier if we could just see the road
ahead from the perspective of that other vehicle. Well, that's just
what the EYES system is designed to do.
Garmin gave hope to many a floundering tech startup's CEO earlier this year when it purchased Ikubu Ltd in the wake of a crowdfunding campaign that came up short. Though the company failed to capture the imagination of the Dragon Innovation crowdfunding community, Garmin liked the cut of Ikubu's jib, so it snapped the company up with a view to bringing its rear-facing bike radar system to market. Now, the electronics giant has unveiled the finished, more polished product dubbed Varia Radar, which also integrates with Garmin's Edge cycle computer.
In what it calls a "world first," Transport for London (TfL) will trial cyclist detection systems at traffic lights in the city with a view to improving cycle-flow. The technology aims to detect the number of cyclists travelling along a route. It then adjusts traffic signal timings to give cyclists more time on green lights.