Helmet that 'talks' to cars.

classic33

Legendary Member
Smart Helmet, designed in Sweden
Volvo has teamed up with POC and mobile communications specialist Ericsson to unveil wearable technology that will alert cyclists and car drivers to each other’s presence by enabling cars to ‘talk’ to cycle helmets.

The technology, claimed to be a world first, will be unveiled at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From two smaller players in their own fields.
 
Brilliant. Just ....... brilliant. Removes more thought processing from the driver.

And how will it be used in practice? Volvo driver will take the mick, and use it as "adequate" warning to the cyclist - the Get-out-of-my-way,-Volvo-coming-through warning.
 
Brilliant. Just ....... brilliant. Removes more thought processing from the driver.

And how will it be used in practice? Volvo driver will take the mick, and use it as "adequate" warning to the cyclist - the Get-out-of-my-way,-Volvo-coming-through warning.
 

glasgowcyclist

Charming but somewhat feckless
Location
Scotland
Smart Helmet, designed in Sweden
Volvo has teamed up with POC and mobile communications specialist Ericsson to unveil wearable technology that will alert cyclists and car drivers to each other’s presence by enabling cars to ‘talk’ to cycle helmets.

The technology, claimed to be a world first, will be unveiled at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From two smaller players in their own fields.
As someone pointed out; you get a warning light on your helmet just before impact.. terrific!

GC
 

glasgowcyclist

Charming but somewhat feckless
Location
Scotland
I suppose this is more about the technology than the helmet itself. Why they couldn't develop it to be integrated to the bike I don't know. Oh, wait a minute, it's a car manufacturer - they have an interest in making cycling look dangerous.

GC
 
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classic33

classic33

Legendary Member
Much like they would if they used their farking eyes properly. It doesn't matter what form the alert takes if the numpty in the car doesn't react to it appropriately.

GC
Still better thought out than the Australian version.
I suppose this is more about the technology than the helmet itself. Why they couldn't develop it to be integrated to the bike I don't know. Oh, wait a minute, it's a car manufacturer - they have an interest in making cycling look dangerous.

GC
They are also looking at using the same technology in their trucks.
 
Actually the article recognises the limitations and issues of this device and clearly indicates that it is (to use their words:

Moreover, it may be doubtful, given current limitations in GPS technology and smartphone data speeds, whether such warnings could come in time to prevent a crash happening.

But, it’s certainly an indication of the way technology aimed at preventing road traffic collisions could be going in the coming years.
It is good that the issues are being looked at, but it did remind me of this:

 
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