Cycle Alert: the HGV blind spot technology
Repeating news stories have been focusing on the debate of cyclist and lorries accidents in London and other UK cities. We decided to focus on a system, Cycle Alert, designed to improve the safety of cyclists around lorries and increase driver awareness by making cyclists visible in vehicle blind spots.
The company, Cycle Alert, has been developing and delivering vehicle safety technology to multiple industries including freight construction and waste industry across the UK since 2013.
"Cycle Alert (...) to improve the safety of cyclists around lorries and increase driver awareness by making cyclists visible in vehicle blind spots."
The system is aimed at giving drivers the maximum time possible to react to cyclists on the road, according to its inventor Peter Le Masurier, co-founder of Cycle Alert. The system is made of three fundamental parts:
- Cycle tag mounted on a bicycle, helmet or person: the cycle unit advertises its presence regularly so that a vehicle’s sensors can detect its presence.
- Side units fitted in vehicles: the sensors allow the driver to know that a bicycle is near.
- The Cab unit passes a signal strength from the tagged bicycle to the Cab Unit. The cab unit is installed permanently in a vehicle cab, in view of the driver.
Peter explained: “Many systems have been designed for HGV’s, so that drivers can be more aware of cyclists close to their vehicle. But everybody needs to take responsibility for their own safety on the road."
For more information, visit Cycle Alert's official website.