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Loud Bicycle Horn is ... well, it's LOUD

By - July 22, 2015 3 Pictures

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.

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— Automotive

EYES system lets drivers see what the car in front of them sees

By - July 6, 2015 1 Picture

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.

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— Bicycles

Garmin's Varia Radar warns cyclists of traffic approaching from the rear

By - July 1, 2015 7 Pictures

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.

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London to trial cyclist detect systems at traffic lights

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.

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— Environment

Electric vehicles could cut home air conditioner use

By - March 19, 2015 1 Picture
Those who question the environmental benefits of electric vehicles over their gas-guzzling brethren often point out that the electricity powering EVs usually comes from fossil fuel-burning power plants. But a study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and Hunan University in China has revealed some hidden benefits of EVs, regardless of where the electricity originates. Read More
— Automotive

The pros and cons of a driverless future

By - January 29, 2015 1 Picture
It may seem as if the only arguments against self-driving cars come from two kinds of people – those fearful of any scenario where they might have to forgo control behind the wheel and those who distrust all technology out of hand. Lolling about while a computer gets you through traffic has its attractions for many of us and there has been little discussion about the potential downsides of a driverless future, but a new study has pointed out some potential flaws in this looming auto utopia. Read More

Garmin may begin offering radar systems for bikes

Even when a crowdfunding project doesn't meet its financial goal, it can still turn out to be a success. A case in point is iKubu Ltd's Backtracker, a car-detecting low-power radar system for bicycles. Although the South African startup's fund-raising campaign on Dragon Innovation didn't work out, electronics giant Garmin has now bought the company. Read More
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