TRACK 1 WINNERS
Diffractive Optic Laser
Increase bicycle rider visibility using diffracted optic laser U-lights to produce a bright red 3-foot radius arc in front and behind the bicycle. 3-feet is the standard safe passing distance for cars in Colorado and many other states. This technology makes the rider more visible, no matter the time of day or night. The bright neon red color attracts the attention of passing motorists and makes them aware of a bicycle’s presence, as well as delineating the safe passing distance.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Early Detection System (B.E.D.S)
The Bicycle Early Detection System marries easily consumed radio frequency identification (RFID) technology with reactive road signage to give drivers a “heads up” when bicyclists are in proximity of an intersection well before an accident could occur. The reader system would be put in place over the bike path near a busy intersection that it crosses. The Bicyclist puts an RFID sticker on their helmet. Upon a successful read of the bicyclist riding under the pole with an RFID tag, “Bicycles present when flashing” light will begin flashing for a pre-determined amount of time to signal to the driver that there are bicyclists present.
Do you see me?
Requiring a web-based review of the Bicyclist & Pedestrian safety information in the Colorado Driver Handbook in order to complete the vehicle registration/renewal or driver license application/renewal. The review is a brief, one screen presentation with illustrations and descriptions of traffic situations that impact the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. Adding this feature to the vehicle registration and driver license process ensures all Colorado drivers will have a focused visual reminder of the bicyclist and pedestrian components of traffic safety.
A smart sign that illuminates with the presence of pedestrians or bicyclists. This uses two technologies, a pedestrian and bicycle detection device, and a sign to alert drivers to their presence. By equipping intersections and highways with this technology, the road has the ability to demand the driver’s attention when cyclists and pedestrians are present with the oscillation of light, which will be particularly recognizable at night. A smart sign that only illuminates with the presence of pedestrians or bicyclists provides useful information to drivers that will inspire additional vigilance.
Guardian Smart Road Beacon
The Guardian Smart Road Beacon is designed to reduce pedestrian and cyclist fatalities both now and in the autonomous future. It would replace street lights, but it would provide much more than just light. It would use an infrared sensor array to detect when people or animals enter a roadway and a matching array of LED lights would highlight them to drivers as they move through the danger zone. The Guardian would slightly dim surrounding zones and brighten the zones occupied by the pedestrian or cyclist to draw drivers’ eyes to the hazard without startling them. This would increase drivers’ time to react and avoid. Simultaneously, the Guardian would broadcast a message via the NHTSA’s new Vehicle to Vehicle communication protocol (V2V). V2V is a short-range radio system which will allow communication between vehicles to notify each other of their position and movement data. It may be required in cars as early as 2020 and will work with assistive technologies to respond faster than a driver can.
TRACK 2 WINNERS
Liberty Bell: The Smart Bicycle Bell
The concept reflects the need to understand the experience people have as they bicycle and walk around our communities and the issues that make them feel safe or unsafe. This people-first street perspective can inform the planning, design, auditing and maintenance of safe bike lanes, bike routes and multi-use paths. Understanding the issues that make people feel unsafe or be unsafe while bicycling and walking allows the city to address these issues. Liberty Bell proposes a smart bell that users can ring when they encounter an issue when bicycling or walking - anytime and anywhere they wish to record an experience for later categorization. The location, date and time of each ring are recorded. Liberty Bell will be configured for pedestrians, people travelling by wheelchair, those using walking aids, or pushing strollers. Smaller bell sizes and different mounting brackets will be used on different bicycle handlebars. The records are visualized in real-time on a location map. Participants are encouraged via email messaging to prioritize and categorize each record across a range of parameters. They can describe each record further in their own words.
To ensure that bikers are safe on the road, most technological solutions (reflectors, lights, etc.) are placed on bikers themselves, increasing their visibility to vehicles and pedestrians. In order to increase biker visibility, Big Foot proposes increasing the footprint & visibility of the biker by illuminating LED raised pavement markers along the sides of the biker. Communication towers placed at high risk intersections trigger the raised pavement markers as a biker approaches the intersection. The towers tether the bike to the RPMs and act as an extension of the biker’s footprint into the intersection, preventing collisions when cars are making a right turn or passing through the intersection.
The ColorRoadie Safety System will be a way to alert drivers about the presence of bicycles and pedestrians. It will increase their visibility and hence their safety. The ColorRoadie Safety System will create software, firmware, and custom RF bracelets (for pedestrians) and tags (for bicycles and cars) which will work hand in hand with the invention: Solar Roadways (SR). The SR panels are solar panels that are specially engineered to be used on all walking and driving surfaces. They are hexagon shaped panels which contain LED lights to create road lines and signage (no more need for paint) and heating elements (to prevent the accumulation of snow and ice). They are intelligent and modular for ease of installation and maintenance. They are impervious to potholes - which pose a danger to bicyclists in particular. The LED lights come in a variety of colors and will light bike and walking paths to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.