Researchers develop alert system to protect cyclists from cars

That’s exactly what U of M mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani is doing, on a shoestring budget of $500 per bicycle.

Rajamani and team are developing a smart bicycle with an attached alert system that sounds a horn when cars get too close to the cyclist. The system comprises three sensors that monitor the trajectories of nearby vehicles, speakers, and a black-box camera that records video when the cyclist is in danger.

The initial prototype was developed with funding from the Roadway Safety Institute. Now, with a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation grant, Rajamani’s team is collaborating with cycling manufacturer Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) to test the technology.