What is your technology?
Cyclear, a new Cyclist Warning Display System from Innovative Safety Systems
How does it work?
Collisions between cyclists and HGVs such as refuse vehicles are likely to be serious or fatal. Most accidents occur when such vehicles are turning left.
Transport for London launched a Standard for Construction Logistics providing a blueprint for safety features required on vehicles to minimise accidents.
Cyclear meets these requirements by including an illuminated sign and speaker to alert cyclists when the vehicle is turning left. The most recent version has an optional sequencing sensor, which notifies the driver when a cyclist or pedestrian is approaching.
Customers can have both elements of Cyclear working together or one element depending alone.
Where would it ideally be used?
The most obvious application is in urban areas. The sensor picks up the presence of other pedestrians, motor bikes and cars, so it is a useful driving aid in busy, built up areas.
However, we have had orders from very rural areas such as St Edmondsbury in Suffolk.
How is it different?
Other systems are prone to false alarms. Cyclear’s sensor filters out any objects that are not moving from the rear of the vehicle to the front and eliminates nearly all of the false alarms that have made the technology unsuccessful in the past.
What benefits does it offer?
Cyclear enhances the safety of cyclists and vulnerable road users by preventing accidents and fatalities as well as protecting drivers from the trauma of being involved in such accidents.
Vehicle operators are safe in the knowledge they are doing everything possible to provide a safe environment for all concerned. Insurance claims and possible litigation that result from accidents is also minimised if not eradicated altogether.
Where has it been used?
Guildford Borough Council, various Serco vehicles around the UK and KP Waste in St Albans are currently using Cyclear on refuse and recycling vehicles.
Cyclear is in low volume production at the moment so the full system, including illuminated sign and sensor, is approximately £1,500 per system. Customers can choose to have one or both elements: sign with audible warning (£750) and sensing module (£750).
Saving lives, staff safety, preventing accidents and incidents, savings in insurance claims.
What about maintenance?
There is little to no maintenance required. If any of the four sensors are damaged, it can be replaced relatively inexpensively.
What is its life span?
Designed to last vehicle life or around 10 years
Any future applications?
We are focused on refuse and recycling collection vehicles but the general haulage and bus industries are showing lots of interest.