The growing ambition of Volvo to make the future cars safe to drive is not only helping the occupants in the car, but also other people around, including the one in other cars, pedestrians and cyclists. While Volvo has already devised methods to reduce damage to occupants of cars and pedestrians, their latest Vehicle-to-cyclist technology looks after the safety of a cyclist on the road and hence promotes cyclist in the city.
Developed under the Volvo's Vision 2020, which seeks for no serious injuries in or by a new Volvo cars, the technology takes forward the goal of Volvo to develop safety technologies that can decrease the number and severity of incidents in cars. To take the initiative forward, Volvo will demonstrate the latest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. This technology will warn both the driver of a Volvo car and a bicycle rider about the possible collision and will automatically stop the car if it detects any such collision possibility with a cyclist.
The technology comes into action as soon as a cyclist uses an app on smartphone to log sports activities and location tracking, which cyclist often uses while riding. This app is further connected to the Volvo Cloud, which senses if the cyclist is nearing by any Volvo car and notifies the rider by flashing a light in the prototype POC helmet and the Volvo driver is notified via a heads-up display alert. The technology is developed in partnership with POC, a maker of safety gear for gravity sports athletes, and Ericsson.
Such kind of technologies are required on an immediate basis in India, which is not a cyclist and pedestrian friendly nation at all. Many reports in the past have shown the growing number of fatalities and injuries caused either to the cyclist or car driver due to such accident. In U.S alone, 50000 cyclist fatalities and injuries occur every year.