Automobiles and bicycles are increasingly trying to occupy the same road space, and while some cities are trying to protect cyclists, automakers have done decidedly less. Bicycling is good for the environment and your individual health, but it can be dangerous as well, and automakers are finally stepping up and doing something about it. The Jaguar Bike Sense system wants to help drivers share the road with bicyclists, using a variety of warning signals to ensure everybody gets home safe.
Impressively, Jaguar Bike Sense can determine whether a two-wheeled vehicle is motorized or pedal-powered and identifies it to the driver. Iif either vehicle is passing in the driver’s blind spot, the seat will “tap” drivers via vibrations on the side of the seat that the cyclists is. LED lights will also illuminate to let the drive know when the two-wheeler is actually passing. Jaguar has gotten decidedly more interested in bicyclists ever since it started building bikes for the Tour de France, and these efforts are sure to be welcomed by cyclists everywhere.
If the Jaguar driver is accelerating towards a two-wheeler, the system will beep and chime to warn the driver, and if they continue accelerating, it will actually stiffen the gas pedal in a final effort to get the driver to let off. The coolest feature by far though is Bike Sense’s door system, which will alert the driver if a cyclist is coming up as the driver readies to open the door. That can prevent a lot of Hollywood-style crash landings.
Jaguar and corporate sibling Land Rover are trotting out some cool and high-tech ideas, whether it be transparent A-pillars, AI-like smart assistants, see-through hoods, or augmented reality windshields. I gotta say, I like this new direction, and I’m eager to see what other kinds of sci-fi tech the automaker is working on.