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Technology Connects Cycle Helmets with Cars

The goal of the collaboration between Volvo, POC and Ericsson is to help reduce road accidents.

In a new collaboration, Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson have created technology that connects car drivers and cyclists out on the road. Through the cloud, the connected car and bicycle helmet establish communication. With this connection, the car will provide proximity alerts to the driver and cyclist as a way to avoid accidents.

If a possible collision is detected, both users will be warned, the company states. Drivers will receive a display alert within the vehicle and the cyclist is notified via a helmet-mounted alert light.

“The partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in investigating the next steps towards Volvo Car’s vision to build cars that will not crash. Today our City Safety system, a standard in the all-new XC90, can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. By exploring cloud-based safety systems, we are now getting ever closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists and by that avoid collisions,” said Klas Bendrik, vice president and group CIO at Volvo Cars.

Watch a video about the technology below:

For more information, visit Volvo Cars.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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