Autotalks, Volkswagen (VW), Bosch eBike Systems and Commsignia have collaborated to demonstrate how Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication can prevent common bike-vehicle collisions.
The four companies held a demonstration of this potential at the SECUR (Safety Enhancement through Connected Users on the Road) Final Event, which took place 29–30 March near Paris.
This demonstration used an obstructed intersection scenario, where the vision of the car or e-bike was blocked, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
During the demo, the V2X-enabled e-bike was able to communicate with a VW vehicle to alert it of its presence and avoid a possible crash. This was enabled by Autotalks’ ZooZ V2X technology, which was installed on the handlebar of the bike and integrated into the V2X system by Bosch eBike Systems and Commsignia.
ZooZ provides real-time alerts to cyclists when a vehicle equipped with V2X is a potential hazard. Additionally, it alerts V2X-equipped vehicles and smart infrastructure to the presence of a cyclist, allowing drivers to be notified when the cyclist may be at risk.
VW’s Golf and ID electrical vehicles are already equipped with V2X technology in Europe, but do yet do not include bike detection. Through their collaboration, Autotalks, Volkswagen, Bosch eBike Systems and Commsignia aim to provide eBikes with digital visibility to ensure they are part of future V2X communication.
“The collaboration with VW and Bosch eBike Systems within the framework of the SECUR project is not only a vote of confidence in Autotalks’ pioneering micromobility V2X-powered technology, but also marks a step in making the world even safer for vulnerable road users. This is good news for cyclists, who will be able to feel even more confidence on the road.”
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