Concerns about climate change and living a healthy life have encouraged many individuals to adopt cycling as one source of their transportation. In fact, US consumers purchased approximately 20 million bikes in 2022.
However, cyclists are not always safe on the roads, even when they ride in bike lanes. Fortunately, the bikes themselves are not the only things that receive technological upgrades. Therefore, this is some innovative cycling tech you should know about.
Today’s cycling computers do more than record your bike ride. They also offer more advanced GPS systems that also provide your elevation and speeds. Some even monitor your vital signs so you can monitor your heart health and manage your riding intensity.
Intersection detection upgrades
To improve traffic flow through intersections, transportation departments have installed vehicle detection cameras on traffic signals and pressure sensors in the road. However, these technologies do not detect bicycles. Therefore, transportation departments and companies have created new solutions, including body-heat-detection cameras and micro-radar sensors, to more accurately detect and improve the safety and flow of bicycle traffic. These technologies can identify cyclists when they reach the stop bar or enter crosswalks.
Cellular vehicle-to-everything tech
One piece of tech that is still in the testing phases notifies vehicles when a cyclist is in the bicycle lane and coming up on the vehicle. Audi and Spoke Safety have worked together to build a tool that alerts drivers via their dashboards of oncoming cyclists. In tests, this CV2X software tech has performed well. These companies are working toward offering after-market solutions for both bikes and vehicles.
As the industry expands, bicycle safety becomes more of a concern. Fortunately, many companies have joined the search for ways to protect cyclists.