Cyclists are among the most injured groups in traffic. The number of seriously injured cyclists is increasing and about 70 percent of fatal cyclist accidents are caused by collision with motor vehicles.
In this project, GCITY will introduce a concept study aiming to reduce the probability of bicycle accidents by increasing driver awareness of surrounding cyclists, which is a real problem, especially in heavy automotive vehicles (e.g. trucks) and in the inner cities with wide blind spots and visual obstacles.
GCITY will investigate possible techniques and solutions – using the testbed in Urban ICT Arena – for detecting the location of both motor vehicles and bicycles and displaying their positions on a planned GCITY map and a Building Information Model (BIM). The project team will also introduce Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) as a real-time alternative positioning system on the open street.
The project owner of the GCITY project is the Stockholm University Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV). The project consortium includes five other partners.
They are: Urban ICT Arena, KTH-Integrated Transport Research Lab-ITRL (consulting during testing and evaluation activities), ESRI Sweden (support for the needed GIS knowledge), ESSRAA (responsible for non-GIS development and cloud platforms) and Svenska Cykelsällskapet (responsible for information collection, making surveys and testing bicycle solutions).
Expected results and effects
The expected outcome of the concept study is an artifact in the form of a conceptual model describing different modules for both vehicles and bicycles that combine Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology in order to prevent bicycle accidents.