Mobile phone app to help cyclists and drivers being developed by QUT

28 Feb 2014

Researchers from The Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) are working on creating a mobile phone app to warn cyclists and drivers of impending collisions.

The app will locate, track, connect and communicate between cyclists and drivers via their smart phones.

A warning will be issued if there is a reasonable chance of collision.

Dr Sebastien Demmel, from (CARRS-Q), said existing GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth systems can be used to allow the sharing of information between road users.

“For example, if a cyclist and driver are both approaching an intersection at speed, the app will be able to predict impending danger and warn both to slow down,” he


Pedestrians who download the app will be ‘passive users”, relaying information to drivers & cyclists.

Dr Demmel said an average of 35 cyclists die on Australian roads each year and more than 2500 others are seriously injured.

“Research has shown that most cyclist fatalities involve a collision with a motor vehicle and these typically occur because of human error, or one not seeing the other,” he said.

“What our research is aiming to do is use technology to help prevent injury and improve cyclist safety on our roads.”

Dr Demmel said small-scale testing will begin in three months, and hopes the app will be released by 2015.

The technology has implications for other road users like motorcyclists and could in future be modified to warn of unexpected obstacles for example, a pedestrian rushing out onto the street.

In the mean time Dr Demmel said cyclists should also wear high visibility and reflective clothing, and drivers should browse their surroundings and leave enough space when passing other cyclists.

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