Jaguar Develops Cyclist-Aware Technology For Cars

Future Vehicles Will Sense Other Road Users And Alert Drivers


New technology in development at Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Research Centre will warn drivers of nearby cyclists and pedestrians via "taps on the shoulder" and audio cues.

The Bike Sense safety features will use sensors on the car to detect approaching road users, and will be sensitive enough to distinguish between cyclists and motorcyclists.

A variety of feedback mechanisms will then make sure the driver is aware of them, including a virtual bicycle bell or motorbike horn via the car's audio system, or part of the car seat "tapping" the driver's shoulder to warn them of an overtaking vehicle.

Door handles will also buzz to alert the driver if they are about to open the door on an approaching cyclist or motorcyclist.

The technology, which is expected to be made available in future Jaguar and Land Rover cars, aims to reduce the number of cyclists killed or injured on UK roads.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, said the concept makes use of the brain's instinctive reactions to danger.

"By engaging the instincts, Bike Sense has the potential to bridge the gap between the safety and hazard detection systems in the car and the driver and their passengers," he said.

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Expert Opinion
Advances in technology to improve road safety are very welcome, particularly those that will help to protect vulnerable road users, such as cyclists. In our work we have seen the devastating impact a collision between a car and a cyclist can have, with the potential for serious injuries or even fatalities.

“This new technology, which will warn drivers of the presence of cyclists in traffic, will no doubt help to reduce the number of incidents involving cyclists once it is implemented. A split second loss of concentration can have devastating consequences when driving a vehicle, so the inclusion of technology and features that reduce the impact of these lapses is a very welcome development.”
Jonathan Peacock, Partner

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