App That Informs Drivers When Cyclists Are Close

Bike Shield AppIn most accidents between a car and a bike, drivers tend to say the same thing: “They just¬†didn’t see the cyclist until it was too late.”

A new app aims to help by automatically warning drivers several seconds before a bike is visible. Using the ubiquity of smartphones, the app creates a vehicle-to-vehicle communication network between cars, bicycles, and motorcycles on the road.

The designers also plan to work with car insurance companies to integrate the technology into their own apps, and ultimately hopes to build it into cars–either through technology like Apple’s new CarPlay, or by working directly with manufacturers. They also hope to integrate the function into navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps, so drivers will have it without downloading anything new.Bike Shield App

 

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