After showcasing the transparent pillar technology; Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled their new Bike Sense system which warns drivers about nearby bicycles and motorcycles.
By utilizing a variety of sensors, the system is able to determine when a bicycle or motorcycle is approaching the car. The system will then alert the driver by playing the sound of either a bicycle bell or motorcycle horn through the speaker nearest the bike. This has two benefits as the driver will instantly know where the cyclist is coming from and whether they are riding a bike or a motorcycle.
If the cyclist is overtaking the car, the driver's seat with extended to "tap" the driver on either the right or left shoulder to indicate the direction the cyclist is coming from.
As the cyclist gets closer, a series of LED lights - on the window sills, dashboard and A-pillars - will illuminate to show the cyclist's position and proximity to the vehicle.
The system can even detect riders that the driver cannot see. When this occurs and the driver ignores the warnings and presses the accelerator, the pedal will vibrate and feel stiff to remind them about the approaching cyclist.
If that's not impressive enough, the system will also help to prevent the doors from being opened into the path of oncoming bikes when the vehicle is parked.
According to JLR Director of Research and Technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple, “Bike Sense takes us beyond the current technologies of hazard indicators and icons in wing mirrors, to optimizing the location of light, sound and touch to enhance this intuition. This creates warnings that allow a faster cognitive reaction as they engage the brain’s instinctive responses."
The system is currently a prototype but Jaguar says this kind of technology is important because nearly 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured on UK roads every year.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover