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Sensors spot cyclists

Bike Hotspot, a cyclist safety system developed by Gloucestershire-based Sentinel Systems, has won the Product Innovation award at the Safety and Health exhibition, as well as a local Cirencester business award for Outstanding Product Innovation.

The system is designed to sense when a cyclist is within a blind spot of a large vehicle, a common cause of fatal accidents, especially when the vehicle is manoeuvring or turning left.

Bike Hotspot comprises four of Sentinel’s safety aids including a front corner system, side scan system, a side camera and an external sounder.

External scanning sensors are fitted on the nearside of the vehicle as well as the front corner. These are linked to an internal audio warning to alert the driver when there is a potential hazard. An external alert is also sounded to warn the cyclist or pedestrian when the vehicle is turning left.

The system comes with the option to silence the alerts at night, and alternative LED warning lights can be used.

The scanners are programmed to detect cyclists at a particular distance and height to avoid sensing cars or pedestrians that are not at risk. A controller area network bus module ensures that the alerting system is activated only when the vehicle is manoeuvring below 10mph.

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