Volvo's obsession with safety continues as the company has teamed up with POC and Ericsson to develop a new two-way communication system for cars and cyclists.
Set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the system uses a prototype helmet and a smartphone to communicate a cyclist's position to drivers. If an imminent collision is detected, both the driver and the cyclist will be warned. This will occur even if the cyclist is in a blind spot and the driver can't see them.
According to Volvo's Klas Bendrik, "The partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in investigating the next steps towards Volvo Cars’ vision to build cars that will not crash. But now, by exploring cloud-based safety systems, we are getting ever closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists and by that avoid collisions.”
Volvo goes on to say that cycling accidents are more common than most people realize as 726 cyclists were killed in the United States in 2012. Injuries are also a major issue as 4,533 cyclists were injured in Berlin alone in 2012.