Bike Sense: Jaguar’s latest in-car warning system to increase road safety
Jaguar Land Rover, British car manufacturer is working on a Bike Sense System to increase the on-road safety and reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. The in-car warning system will use sensors to warn the drivers of unseen dangers such as detecting the movement of cyclists and pedestrians in a vehicle’s blind spots. The system will use number of different ways in order to caution the driver inside his own car such as playing the sound of a motorcycle horn or a bicycle bell, flash of light or using headrests that will tap on the shoulder of the driver.
The project is currently being conducted at Jaguar’s Advanced Research Centre in UK. Utilizing cameras, sensors, cruise control and safety systems of the vehicle, the Bike Sense System can alert the driver through touch, lights and sound when another road user approaches. If a motorcycle or bicycle is coming from behind, the advanced safety system will detect if it is overtaking or coming past the vehicle on the inside. Thus, the top of specially developed car seats will extend to ‘tap’ the driver on the left or right shoulder. The basic idea is that the driver will then impulsively look over that shoulder to identify the possible danger.
Besides that, the Bike Sense System will make use of light and sound too. An audio system would produce a motorbike horn sound or bicycle bell through the speaker closest to the approaching vehicle, thereby warning and helping the driver figure out the direction of the coming vehicle. Also, the LED lights on the window sills, dashboard and windscreen pillars will light up and change colors depending on the proximity.