New Bicycle helmet warns nearby vehicles

A “Smart” bicycle helmet is in development by the Volvo Corporation that promises to reduce vehicle-bicycle collisions. Not only does the helmet provide impact protection, it is also equipped with a GPS transmitter that constantly uploads the cyclist’s location, direction, and speed to a cloud-based tracking system which maps it and compares it in real time to vehicle transmitted data in the same area. Whenever tracked trajectories threaten to overlap at the same time, a warning signal is transmitted to both the cyclist and the motorist in time to take evasive action. Red lights built into the bicycle helmet begin flashing, alerting the cyclist to the impending danger while making them more noticeable to the motorist. A warning is also projected onto the windshield of the affected vehicle in front of the driver’s line-of-sight. Of course, the key to this system’s effectiveness will be the percentage of vehicles and cyclists using it.