Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended


iKubu has created something that just might save a biker’s life. Called the Backtracker, the device notifies you how fast and how close cars are approaching behind you and it reacts by flashing a light and telling the rider they are about to get hit.

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The founders describe it as a notification system for riders and drivers. “It gives you the speed and distance of rear-approaching vehicles, and alerts motorists to your position via increasingly frequent light pulses,” said Franz Struwig. The system includes a radar sensor for the bike and a notifier for the rider. Cars approaching from behind are signaled by a slowly moving white light while fast-moving cars are signaled by an urgent blinking light.

The team is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa and has been working on computer vision systems for a while. This is their first biking product. They seem to be doing everything…

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