Connected Vehicle Technology for Bicyclist Safety

The goal of this project is to develop an intelligent blind-zone alert and detection system for cyclists to more safely integrate with automobile road traffic. Last year, there were more than 52,000 people seriously injured in the US due to bicycle accidents. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cyclists and pedestrians are 57% more likely to be involved in an accident with difficult-to-hear non-combustion engine vehicles. New techniques like vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, augmented reality, spatial sound generation and low-cost projection can be built into modern bicycles to create a virtual safety environment for both driver and rider. The project will instrument commuter bicycles with sensors, dedicated short range communication (DSRC) radios and indicators in bicycle handlebars and rider helmets. The 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 for long-range alerts. By sharing GPS route information, the system can alert cyclists of vehicles making sudden turns at intersections without signaling. These types of accidents account for almost one third of cycling injuries.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Ehrlichman, Courtney

    • Performing Organizations:

      Carnegie Mellon University

      Pittsburgh, PA  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rowe, Anthony

    • Start Date: 20140101
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 36245

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01518215
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC11
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 13 2014 1:00AM