Each year more than 700 bicyclists are killed in crashes with cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some automakers, like Volvo, already offer pedestrian and bicyclist detection systems, and Jaguar is following suit. The automaker is testing new systems that use colors, vibrations and sounds to alert drivers to potential collisions involving bicycles.
If a bicycle is near the car, the Bike Sense system responds in several ways: a bicycle bell sound will be piped through the audio system in the speaker nearest the bike, helping the driver pinpoint the bike's direction. As the bike continues to move, a cluster of amber and red LED lights will illuminate on the window sills, dashboard and windshield pillars, depending on the bike's location.