ADAS tech is bringing smart safety to ebikes

In the hype around getting our cars to drive us around, it’s easy to forget that Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) have a higher function – to radically improve road safety, by reducing the number of accidents. 

Recently, this intention has transitioned to ebikes. As our bikes become small (ok, pretty small) data centers on wheels, their ability to monitor our surroundings becomes a catalyst for companies creating technology that provides cyclists with some of the safety insights available in connected cars.

Bike riders are far more vulnerable than their car driving companions, and tech that ebike companies can adapt to suit cyclists can only be a good thing. 

ADAS monitoring can provide riders with the ability to gain insights into the unseen.  Like what’s behind them and in their blind spots as they ride. These systems can detect, classify and track objects by using advanced computer vision, machine learning algorithms, and deep neural networks. 

This leads to an assessment of threats and the level of risk on the road, helping cyclists make riding decisions in real-time. There are currently three leading companies working on a suite of offerings:

Blinc Bike (Terranet)

The most recent offering announced this month is Blinc Bike by Terranet

The company is developing a new class of Rear-View monitoring to keep an eye on the things happening behind the cyclist with a 180 degrees wide view. 

Blinc Bike uses two easily attachable and detachable parts. A Rear View Display is placed on the handlebars and a rear light placed underneath the bike seat.

The camera detects, classifies, and tracks objects invisible to a cyclist. It alerts the user either on the front display or through haptic feedback when there is anything that needs immediate attention. 

For example, if a car suddenly approaches from behind, the cyclist will receive a warning on the Front Rear View Display mounted on the handlebars and/or through haptic feedback on their choice of a wrist band, leg straps, or bike grips. 

This helps the cyclist to avoid making any drastic turns that can cause a collision with the identified object. 

A smart tail light will indicate the cyclist’s actions to the upcoming traffic: braking, moving, or stopping.