A Dutch company recently designed a program called 'BikeScout' that helps cyclists cross roads safely. Despite the fact that the Netherlands is one of the safest places for cyclists, there is still a danger that comes from sharing the road with drivers. This technology aims to reduce collisions by ensuring that drivers are aware of their surroundings at all times.
BikeScout is an intuitive form of technology that automatically detects oncoming cyclists. The system works by tracking the speed and location of cars, cyclists and pedestrians on the road. If the system detects a risk of collision, LED lights embedded in the road will begin to flash. The system is primarily designed to be used at intersections where the risk of collision between drivers and cyclists is greatest.
While the system is particularity useful for countries such as the Netherlands, it may also help to encourage cycling in places that are not very bike-friendly to begin with.