Expanding innovations in technology are being applied to auto safety and now congruently, cyclists’ safety. The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has assumed a leading role in developing automated communications between motorists and cyclists. Next, see how your iPhone may one day save your life…
Dr. Sebastien Demmel is a PhD researcher at CARRS-Q with a background in electrical and mechanical engineering. Since joining CARRS-Q in 2009 Dr. Demmel has focused on intelligent transports, sensor systems, data fusion and vehicle-to-vehicle/infrastructure communications. He cites research when stating “most cyclist fatalities involve a collision with a motor vehicle and these typically occur because of human error, or one not seeing the other.” A solution to this has become the focus of his research.
Leveraging current technology enables faster development to market. Smartphones, WiFi, global positioning, and Bluetooth — all utilizing a theoretical, centralized database — are components in Dr. Demmel’s project that is pushing to create a “smart device app which can locate, track, connect and communicate between devices and warn both rider and driver if there is a reasonable chance of a collision,” stated Dr. Demmel via QUT news.
This idea is leap-frogging off the current development of vehicle-to-vehicle communications that promise to increase traffic safety via the provision of realtime, relative locations of fellow motorists. With the growing ubiquity of mobile devices, and their associated challenges to safety, e.g., texting while driving/riding, this promising move toward increased safety is welcomed.
Dr. Demmel and his CARRS-Q team will be presenting their findings and progress at QUT’s March 6th conference, Cycling Safety and Injury Prevention: Current and Future Priorities.