Every year around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 3,000 who are killed or seriously injured in the United Kingdom alone. While there are many safety gears available for Cyclists, almost all of them are made to reduce the impact of injury. We may have developed driver assistance systems and abs brakes that preempt a possible hazard on road and alarms the Car Driver but the need for such a device for Cyclists have been completely ignored.
Some Hard Facts about Cycling Accidents
- Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas
- Around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads
- 75% happen at, or near, a road junction
- 80% occur in daylight
- 80% of cyclist casualties are male
- Almost one quarter of the cyclists killed or injured are children
- Around three quarters of cyclists killed have major head injuries.
But now an Italian company from Pesaro has plans to fill in this gap with a product they call Byxee. The companies aim is to make the high end driver assistance system you find in cars, available for Cyclists as well. The device we are talking about today is created and developed by Italian AI specialist Riccardo Ricci. The device scans the road and warns the rider when someone or something enters its field of view.
Riccardo Ricci has made the device design such that it can be snap fit on any handlebar of a bicycle. The Device has onboard video camera and microprocessor that captures shadows and contrast differences caused by irregularities on normal daylight road conditions. Byxee, works on the principals of the driver assistance systems which means its software alerts the cyclist if there is any object on the road that measures more than 3 inches/76 mm. The device sends audio alerts to the cyclist in such a case. Byxee, has a visual range of around 80 feet, so be ready to hear a lot of beeps when on a busy street or a road full of potholes.
The team of Italian developers took around 2 years to make and perfect Byxee, during which time many prototypes were made and field tested. The company still managed to keep the cost of the actual product under control because they used 3D printers to make these prototypes. The company used an Italian 3d printer called Kentstrapper Volta 3D printer to make this amazing device.
Byxee, is up for crowd funding at indiegogo, the company plans to raise $135,000 USD to make this device a reality. If you want this product to hit the market and save some human lives go ahead and fund them RIGHT NOW.