One of the big challenges in getting more and new cyclists on the road is safety concerns, particularly getting hit by a car. Spoke Safety is building out the tech to reduce that risk, creating a safer road for all users, but with particular benefits for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) like cyclists, by letting cars and bikes communicate with each other.
And, importantly, they can talk without relying on cellular signals or GPS.
We’ve seen some solutions in the past, like Garmin’s Vario on-bike radar that alerts the rider to cars coming up from behind. And in-car systems from Volvo and POC , haptics alerts from Jaguar , or combined app-plus-car transmission technologies, too. The problems with many of these are that they were brand-specific, required active motorist adoption and usage , or relied on cell signals, which are too slow and erratic.
The B2V system mentioned in 2021 was a closer step in the right direction, and has (had?) great bicycle industry support, but the range is limited.
Now, Spoke has a solution that has massive range, uses existing technology, is able to fit on a bike, and already has Audi on board. Here’s how it works…
Using C-V2X tech, the hardware lets bikes talk to cars AND cars talk to bikes. And, it happens 10x per second to provide real-time location far more accurate than just using GPS on your phone. While it doesn’t rely on cellular data, the in-car devices are connected via 4G/5G via a Qualcomm chip and Telekom/T-Mobile service, […]