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Luna Oculus Relies on Artificial Intelligence to Keep Cyclists Safe

The Ireland-based Luna Systems’ new Luna Oculus harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to keep urban cyclists safe by providing a rear-view camera image that’s similar to a dashcam.

According to a report from Ipsos Mori, over half of all cyclists (52%) globally feel unsafe navigating city streets.

This shouldn’t be the reality but fear continues to keep many from even considering cycling. While there have been some advancements in the bike safety tech market in recent years, progress is too slow compared to cars. When you step into any modern car, you’re equipped with all the bells and whistles like computer vision, radar and lidar, so why then are cyclists, as vulnerable as they are, not being more readily offered the latest technology to keep them safe?

The software-defined vehicle movement, which continues to gain momentum, brings with it the promise of a new era of mobility technology that doesn’t just focus on infotainment, but also safety. That has the potential to rewrite the narrative, creating a future where cyclists can reclaim the road with confidence.

Enter the Luna Oculus, a compact, rear-mounted camera that uses computer vision to detect rear-approaching vehicles via any smartphone, transforming it into an AI-powered rearview mirror. 

Once connected, the Luna Oculus app provides a livestream of what is happening behind. When other vehicles like cars, trucks, and other bikes get too close, the app provides a real-time visual as well as audio alerts which intensify the closer the approaching vehicles get, giving cyclists precious time to maneuver to a safer road position. 

Additionally, in-ride warnings are just one way in which the designers hope this solution will boost cyclists’ confidence. The app will also provide heat mapping of close calls: vehicles that pass without giving sufficient space, near misses, which in the most unfortunate of cases, collisions. The aim is to allow cyclists to identify danger hotspots and to locate safer routes.

Luna Systems says the first rendition of the Luna Oculus will provide simple heat-mapping of blackspot locations. However, longer-term Luna Oculus will include live safe route navigation capabilities. 

“Imagine a city where pinch points, bottlenecks and collision blackspots are mapped out, not by static audits, but by the lived experiences of thousands of cyclists. The data becomes much more powerful when amplified by a cycling community, and there is a major appetite for solutions that give cyclists a platform to improve safety on a wider scale.  And so, Luna Oculus will provide something game-changing: an opt-in data share feature enabling cyclists to share their danger blackspots across their city cycling community,” explains Luna Systems. 

“When it comes to ensuring a safer future for bikes, stronger infrastructural accommodation of bikes is what will drive change at the highest level. Crowdsourced cycling data can play an important supporting role in this shift when amplified on a large enough scale. Our work in the shared micromobility space with our partner Dott, on the vision data analysis of sidewalk riding in key cities such as Brussels and Lyon has made it clear that AI can provide a very efficient means of supporting a broader understanding of infrastructure requirements from the point of view of the rider,” adds Luna Systems.

Luna Systems says the Luna Oculus will launch on June 5. No details around pricing have been confirmed but it will provide more details on the product’s pre-launch page soon.

“Our aim now with this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is to get this safety solution directly into the hands of consumers. The campaign will support the production of a consumer-friendly camera but also the further development of our existing smartphone app. We want this project to drive real conversation and engagement on the product features. We want to build a solution that consumers feel makes a real and tangible difference and that makes them more confident about getting out on the road”, says Luna Systems.  

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