A group of mechan­ical engi­neering stu­dents at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity are working on new tech­nology for bicy­cles that aims to decrease fatal­i­ties among cyclists in urban cities.

The project is called the Inter­ac­tive Bicy­clist Acci­dent Pre­ven­tion System — and infor­mally known as the “smart bike.” The tech­nology uses sen­sors that detect the dis­tance of a bicycle to cars on the street.

Based on that, we col­lect the rel­a­tive velocity of the two and we can pre­dict whether an acci­dent is going to happen,” said Amir Far­ja­dian, a Ph.D. can­di­date studying bio-​​engineering.

If the sen­sors detect a poten­tial acci­dent, the bike will alert the cyclist about the danger through a built-​​in speaker.

Laser lights are also added to the bicycle to project a bike lane onto the street, so that the cyclist knows where the bike’s safe zone is. If a vehicle gets too close to the zone, the lasers — which can be seen during the day — will blink. Vibra­tion tech­nology on the bike will also cause the han­dle­bars to vibrate if cyclists speed up as they approach an intersection.

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