Driving a fancy car can be a lot of fun, but you certainly don’t want to have an accident on the road. Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Bike Sense’ research aims to prevent cycling accidents. It alerts drivers and rings a bicycle bell inside the car to help prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles. Sensors on the car will detect other road users and alerts drivers of the potential hazard before they can see it. Here is how the system works:
To help the driver understand where the bike is in relation to their car, the audio system will make it sound as if a bicycle bell or motorbike horn is coming through the speaker nearest the bike, so the driver immediately understands the direction the cyclist is coming from.
If a bicycle or motorbike is coming up the road behind the car, Bike Sense will detect if it is overtaking or coming past the vehicle on the inside, and the top of the car seat will extend to ‘tap’ the driver on the left or right shoulder.
The system relies on LED lights on the window sills, dashboard, and windscreen pillars as the bike approaches. The door handles will buzz your hand to prevent doors from being opened into the path of bikes. The accelerator pedal will vibrate if moving your car would cause an accident. Quite fascinating, isn’t it? You can find out more about it here.