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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

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A sensor-laden e-bike prototype.

A team of engineers from the University of Minnesota have created a new smart bike they claim can protect itself from collisions.

Credit: University of Minnesota

Engineers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor at the front of the e-bike scans for cars at approaching intersections, while rear and left-side lasers track vehicles behind and adjacent to the bike.

U of M's Rajesh Rajamani said an onboard microprocessor reads this data and algorithmically forecasts a vehicle's trajectory by calculating its relative velocity to the bike.

The system sounds a horn to warn the driver of the vehicle if a collision is imminent.

Rajamani said the system is able to predict the most common types of bike-vehicle collisions from as far away as 30 meters (98 feet).

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