The latest innovation to ensure safe riding on two wheels at night comes from the french tire manufacturer, michelin. the device, dubbed bikesphere, is a promising-looking orb that sits neatly between your handlebars, using lasers to project an unmissable ring of light around the rider that highlights the safety distance that cars must bear in mind when overtaking a bicycle. according to michelin’s statistics, 1 in 5 drivers doesn’t respect this distance, causing more that 5000 avoidable accidents every year.
Bikesphere constantly analyzes the area around the cyclist and warns him if traffic intensity changes. Its proximity sensor detects an approaching vehicle, and if the car gets too close, the system will automatically activate two rapidly revolving lasers to shield the bike with a red halo. This alerts the cyclist about an approaching vehicle and drastically increases his visibility.
During the day, Bikesphere preserves energy and works as a regular headlamp. Michelin developed this genius device as part of its TrendyDrivers initiative that seeks to reduce accidents on the road. The company also plans to make the system open source so every user can custom-build their own version of Bikesphere and provide tips for others on how to improve the initial design to best fit their cycling habits and needs.