Interactive Cyclists Accident Prevention System (iCAPS)

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The number of bicycle trips has more than doubled in the past decade. This progress is supported by economical, health and environmental incentives. Cycling increases life expectancy by 3-14 months, and the US economy would save $7.3 billion a year if people used bicycles for short trips. However this growth was accompanied by a steady escalation in bicycle accidents and fatalities. There are about 2 deaths and more than 130 reported injuries per day in the United States due to bike accidents. The inadequate safety is a major contributing factor which prevents cycling from being even more popular.

The purpose of this project is to create a modular add-on for the road bike so as to make the cycling safer on the streets. The system is composed of a front and back console in communication with a smartphone application. The detachable consoles are equipped with proximity sensors and a means to provide haptic-audio-visual feedback to the cyclist. This integration creates a safety zone around the cyclist, provides long-term educational feedback, and alerts the cyclist in case of imminent accident. The cyclist environmental data is continuously logged into the smartphone application. This data can be uploaded to the cloud to be shared between the cyclists or utilized by the transportation planners for variety of civil applications.

By integrating these novel features, the iCAPS will increase the cyclist’s safety on the road. This can potentially increase the number of cyclists which has significant health, economic, civil and environmental impact in the future.