Interesting idea, though short sighted in my opinion. http://www.roadsharealert.com
Wonderful idea, but it should be compatible with existing GPS and OnStar tm systems.
I think this is the way technology is heading, with motorists and cyclists able to share a railroad like system of "Centralized Traffic Control" (CTC), that has been used on the RR's for a hundred years (at least in the Northeast).
I hope there is way of overcoming the compatibility problem.
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We had a similar thread on one of my email lists. Despite all of the modern technology on today's military and commercial aircraft, the pilot is still ultimately responsible for the plane. I just hope John Q. Public does not start to rely on advanced electronics as an excuse to be even less attentive, responsible, and cautious.
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There is so much we could do but don't.
Dead people are better than using technology.
No, this is dumb.
It's only for drivers who buy the car module, who would probably be the drivers who are already concerned about bikers and would be watching for them. And, at worst, it's a false sense of security.
Instead, put that money into a light set, or reflective tape, or a yellow jacket, or bike safety PSAs.
Sure it can hurt. It will provide another 'reason' cyclists and drivers don't have to pay attention.
Some cyclist gets creamed and the driver says 'well they didn't show up on my alert' or the cyclist stopped paying attention because he has the alert on his bike.
Too often people rely exclusively on their safety gear and forget how to be safe.
Many states now have radar transponders at work sites. Some areas have transponders on emergency vehicles, and there are a host of other radar transponders out there for various safety related warnings. They activate radar detectors in cars. If it works on this principle I would say why not ? Any advance warning of any kind is better than none. Would I buy one....I'm not sure if I need one. Is the idea a good one....I think so.
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the gist of it for those who need an explanation is that this system, as happens with many who mount a blinky or wear bright clothing, will promote the feeling in the CYCLIST that he can easily be seen/noticed/detected and therefore can relaxe vigilance, and won't -NEED- to be as alert.
It will do the same in the driver who has the RECIEVER in their car, (IE: the alert didn't beep so it should should be clear)
I think a cell phone jammer would be more effective.
Damn...I have been thinking of a similar concept for my thesis...back to the drawing board I suppose. This is fundamentally a good idea I feel, there are no pro-active safety solutions available to cyclists, only active and passive (lights, reflective gear, helmets). A more pro-active approach is necessary, because clearly it is not evident enough to drivers that there are cyclists out there.
I have grave doubts about using technology to solve behavioural problems. It may work well enough, but when that technology invariably fails...
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