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Is This the Future of Bicycle Helmet?



Volvo brand once used to be the first automaker that were associated with safety for many many years.  Now, the company is really thinking into the future, not only for the occupants of the company's automobiles but bicyclists around them as well.

The company has been in automobile business for almost 90 years and is aiming to eliminate car crashes including the ones involving cyclists in the next five years.

The high tech helmet prototype has been co-developed with the telecom giant Ericsson and protective gear company POC.  The idea has been demonstrated recently at 2015 CES held in Las Vegas.

The connected car and helmet prototype aims to improve safety by establishing 2-way communication, offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists to hopefully avoid accidents. Using a smartphone app for cyclists, like Strava, their position can be shared through the Volvo cloud to the car, and vice versa.

"It can get us even closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists," says Klas Bendrik, VP and group CIO of Volvo Car Group.

"Our goal is to build cars that do not crash," says Bendrik. "We plan to achieve this by many different means . . . connected safety solutions have the potential to be an important element, next to other technologies like radars, sensors and cameras. Self-driving technology plays an integral role in our Vision 2020 goal—that by the year 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo—and avoiding collisions with cyclists is certainly part of that."

Take a look at the promotional video by Volvo.  It is quite amazing and innovative idea.



Is This the Future of Bicycle Helmet? Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 7:25 PM Rating: 5

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