A new technology developed by Bristol based engineering firm Fusion Processing Ltd has promised to ensure safer road use for cyclists in the UK. The new technology, named CycleEye, makes use of camera and radar sensors which identify high-risk zones for cyclists in order to prevent accidents and fatalities. The innovative technology is designed to reduce the increasing number of accidents and casualties involving cyclists and large commercial vehicles.
CycleEye identifies when a cyclist is riding behind, in front or alongside a large commercial vehicle and an audible alert is sent to the driver of the large vehicle to warn them. Over 3,000 UK cyclists were involved in a serious road accident in 2012, and there was a 10% rise in fatalities indicating the high risks involved in cycling. It has become more important than ever to be vigilant on the road as the number of cyclists is rising quickly due to the health benefits and the rising cost of fuel. The first trial for CycleEye was carried out by the bus industry and resulted in a 98.5% identification rate for identifying cyclists. It is thought that the technology could significantly reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and large commercial vehicles and it can be fitted to existing vehicles or pre-fitted onto new fleets.
Vulnerable road users and precautions
Many people are aware that large commercial vehicles have a ‘blind spot’ therefore cyclists who approach this may be in danger. CycleEye aims to reduce the chances of cyclists entering this blind spot or approaching a vehicle from behind in order to prevent serious accidents. The risks of injury are much higher for cyclists so wearing adequate head gear and ensuring that you are visible to other drivers can reduce the chances of an accident occurring. However, there may be drivers who are not as sympathetic as others when it comes to cyclists on the road. If there has been an accident and someone else was at fault for your injuries, you can make a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
How to claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been in operation for over 14 years. It can represent you should you choose to pursue a compensation case against someone else who may have been at fault for your road traffic accident. Give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to an adviser about your injury compensation case. We operate under a no win, no fee policy so it won’t put you out of pocket if you pursue your claim with us.