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Assistance system for improving the safety of children on bicycles

Safety4Bikes

Assistance system for improving the safety of children on bicycles
Original Language Title: 
Assistenzsystem für mehr Sicherheit von fahrradfahrenden Kindern

Background & policy context: 

Mobility is an important factor in our everyday lives. Therefore, new systems of human-technology interaction should be developed, which will contribute to more safety, comfort and reliability in this area. Cyclists and especially children on bicycles are among the most vulnerable road users in road traffic as they are almost unprotected. Children also have little experience in dealing with dangers.

Objectives: 

The aim of the Safety4Bikes project is to develop modular assistance systems for cyclists who, based on the current traffic situation, recognise imminent dangers and point out the correct behaviour. The modular system, consisting of a networked bicycle, intelligent helmet and smartphone, recognises potential hazardous situations and draws attention to safe behaviour on the road. This not only increases the safety and independence of cycling children, but also, in the future, of other road users who benefit from this development.

Methodology: 

In case of acute hazards or in potential hazardous situations, the system warns in terms of acoustic, optical or haptic signals on the helmet or handlebars. The project will investigate which form of warning information is most suitable for this purpose. In addition, a communication interface with other road users should improve safety

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF
Type of funding:
Funding Source(s): 
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Partners: 

 Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  Society for Empirical Sociological Research, Nuremberg
  OFFIS registered association, Oldenburg
  UVEX SPORTS GROUP GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth
  University of Paderborn
  Valtech GmbH, Düsseldorf
   PFAU Tec GmbH, Quakenbrück

Organisation: 
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Address: 
Steinplatz 1
Zipcode: 
10623
City: 
Berlin
Contact country:
Telephone: 
+49 (0) 30 - 310 078-5510
Fax Number: 
+49 (0) 30 310078-141