Sat-nav warns London lorry drivers of cyclists

Apr 18, 2013

A British firm has unveiled a sat-nav system that warns lorry drivers when they are approaching roads where they are at high risk of hitting a cyclist.

Navevo's device is currently limited to providing alerts in 100 danger spots in London, but the company hopes to extend the project in the future.

"I do believe this will save lives at some point," the company's CEO Nick Caesari told AFP.

"It does slow people down and increase their awareness of hazards in the road. Of course, we may never know if it has saved a lifeā€”but if it saves even one person it will have been worth it."

Lorries make up just five percent of London's but they are involved in half of the city's cyclist deaths.

Between 2009 and 2012 53 were killed on London's roads, of whom 28 had been hit by lorries.

Sat-nav or GPS devices are increasingly popular with drivers looking for directions, but Caesari said this was the first to give warnings that cyclists could be approaching.

The system works by providing visual and sound alerts to lorry drivers as they approach popular with both cyclists and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The list of 100 danger spots is based on data provided by Transport for London, the city's transport authority.

Explore further: For Google's self-driving cars, learning to deal with the bizarre is essential

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

'Aeroplane flaps' on lorries to save lives in Europe

Apr 15, 2013

Rolling out round-nosed lorries with aeroplane-style flaps at the back on Europe's roads would cut fuel costs, reduce carbon emissions and save lives, while giving a boost to the struggling auto sector, the ...

Recommended for you

Bluetooth may be the key to your future smart home

Nov 25, 2014

If you've ever considered trying to turn your house into a smart home, you've likely found the prospect expensive or technologically intimidating. That situation could soon change, thanks in part to an old ...

Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads

Nov 24, 2014

If cars with drivers still suffer under gridlock conditions on roads, how will driverless cars fare any better? With greater computerisation and network awareness, driverless cars may be the answer to growing ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.