Technology firm Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) has developed a product that warns cyclists when refuse trucks are turning left.
The Cyclist Warning Display System (CWDS) comprises of an externally mounted LED display module and an internally mounted control box.
When a driver indicates to turn left, the display module illuminates an image of a bicycle and the word ‘stop’.
There are optional audio warnings available: a standard alarm that attracts the cyclist’s attention to the display; and a fully programmable version that allows messages to be played.
The system works in conjunction with ISS reversing radars, providing additional detection and driver warning.
ISS director Gavin Thoday said: “In a marketplace inundated with products that alert drivers of obstacles in blind spots there are virtually none that provide information to cyclists. The CWDS does just that, by warning cyclists that a potentially dangerous manoeuvre is about to occur and placing the onus on them to act accordingly.”
The first CWDS will be in use this month.