Night Rider: Improving Bicycle Safety using V2V Communication

The ultimate goal of this project will be to develop an intelligent blind-zone alert and detection system that allow cyclists to more safely integrate with automobile road traffic. The project plans to prototype this system by instrumenting a set of commuter bicycles with sensors, dedicated short range communication (DSRC) radios and indicators embedded in the bicycle handlebars and in the rider's helmet. Sensors like those used in adaptive cruise control (ultrasound, radar, microwave) will localize and predict dangerous trajectories from nearby vehicles. The vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication sub-system, in conjunction with global positioning system (GPS), can be used to allow the bicycle to coordinate with existing V2V enabled vehicles to act as a long-range alert mechanism. The project ultimately envisions a system where automobiles and bicycles exchange their position and direction data such that both parties are alerted of potentially hazardous proximities. By sharing GPS route information, the system can even alert cyclists of vehicles that might make sudden turns at intersections without signaling. These types of accidents account for almost one third of cycling injuries. Using vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, cyclists can also be alerted if they are about to run through a red light or are going the wrong way down a one-way street.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $75000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Carnegie Mellon University

      Pittsburgh, PA  United States 

      Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center

      Carnegie Mellon University
      Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213
    • Project Managers:

      Ehrlichman, Courtney

    • Principal Investigators:

      Rowe, Anthony

    • Start Date: 20140131
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 36212

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01517368
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTG11
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 7 2014 1:00AM