Self-Driving cars and trucks battle to spot cyclists. Bicycle-to-vehicle communications aren’t the response.

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Images by Thinkstock. Autonomous vehicles have a potentially fatal flaw: They struggle to detect and react to cyclists on the road. Inning accordance with a January 2017 report by IEEE Spectrum, bikes are typically considered “the 818 cyclists passed away in crashes with vehicle drivers, and 45,000 experienced injuries in car-bike accidents. In 2016, the number of deaths A.I. can amplify our own predispositions and human failings. If humans aren’t doing a good task of discovering and preventing vehicle-bike crashes, how can we develop devices that get the job done even much better?

One service presented by Ford, Tome Software, and Trek Bicycle at CES last month is a concept known as bicycle-to-vehicle communications. Rather of just autonomous automobiles (or all motorized vehicles)on the roadway being able to wirelessly communicate their position and intentions with one another, bikes would be able to join the party. The proposed innovation would be brand agnostic, something any bicyclist could affix to herself or her bike. The essential safety element of this connection would be that motorists would be notified when a bicyclist is close by. It’s similar, although potentially a step above, a concept presented by Volvo in 2014 that would overcome tech embedded in a rider’s helmet. Tome prepares to sharpen its software application, which could then be accredited out to lorries, apps, bike accessories, and car devices, at the Mcity self-governing driving test center at the working on cyclist-detection innovation for several years, and its cars have supposedly prevented collisions in numerous difficult scenarios, including offering a rider extra space when a parallel-parked car’s door opens and stopping unexpectedly when a rider rounded a corner and turned straight into approaching traffic. time.

Bicycle-to-vehicle interaction is an excellent idea and might be useful in particular scenarios, such as when presence is low– in the evening or in the rain– or on challenging, twisty back roadways with blind corners. But if automobiles are going to drive the roadways without human assistance, they have to have the ability to handle all the obstacles that included it, regardless of whether they’re wirelessly connected to the world around them.

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