The California based company, Beacon Safety Technology, has developed a product that warns both motorists and cyclists of one another’s presence on the road via audio and visual alerts.
Initially, BST gained recognition, after their device won first prize at a "tech" event hosted by Hacker Lab in Sacramento last July.
However, this time the company is competing for a $10,000 technology prize that’s being offered by Challenge Post Intersections in order to help bring their product to market.
The device is mounted below the saddle, and uses a series of beeps to warn cyclists of a vehicle that’s approaching from behind.
As the vehicle gets closer, the warning sounds steadily increases in rapidity. In turn, motorists are warned when they are getting too close, by the device’s flashing LEDs in front of them.
Voting in the competition is open until Tuesday 30 September, and readers can see all the submissions related to cycling here:
Vote for Beacon in the Connected Intersections Competition!
The competition challenges participants to create a device or app that makes drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safer by making them more aware of their surroundings. Public voting is open until September 30th, and the project with the most votes wins a $2,500 cash prize.
Beacon’s blind spot monitoring device makes cycling safer by letting the cyclist know that there’s a vehicle approaching them from behind, and making sure the drivers know that they’re approaching a bike. For more information, see their project page on ChallengePost.
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