Jaguar in cycle detection system

Jaguar in cycle detection system

A new system to alert motorists about the approach of cyclists or motorcyclists will use colours, sounds and touch, Jaguar Land Rover has said.

The new Bike Sense technology will use sensors on the vehicle to detect other road users and can then identify them as a bicycle or motorcycle.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology at Jaguar Land Rover, explained that a bicycle bell or motorcycle horn will sound to make the driver aware. The sound will be emitted from the speaker nearest to the bike, conveying direction to the motorist.

Drivers will also be informed as a cyclist approaches them - if Bike Sense concludes a cyclist is going to pass, the top of the car seat will tap the driver on the left or right shoulder. Motorists should then instinctively look over that shoulder to identify a potential hazard.

LED lights on the window sills, dashboard and windscreen pillars will also flash amber and then red as a cyclist nears. The movement and direction of the lights will also reflect the way the bike is going.

Copyright Press Association 2015