Your mother may have always said you were going to kill yourself riding that motorcycle, but the BBC has some sweet words for her ears; that’s going to be a lot harder in the future.
According to the British news service, the Saferider system under development in the UK will help keep a rider safe with such useful features as speed limit warnings, information about tight curves, and even an impending collision – just in case you didn’t see that blue-haired granny who just pulled in front of you.
Sounds like a pie-in-the-sky idea? Think again. Proof of concept tests for the system are already underway on simulators and the street by industry group Mira, who claim systems could be ready for consumers in as little as two years.
Systems under testing right now use lasers, radar, helmet cameras, a vibrating seat (?), and onboard computer so you can avoid such mundane tasks as shoulder and mirror checks.