Dataport: Road safety for cyclists
Especially in cities, the bicycle can be a real alternative to the car for short distances. However, one problem why many hesitate to switch to cycling is road safety. More cyclists die in urban areas (255 in 2018) than car drivers (180 in 2018).
Dataport has relied on the input of interdisciplinary student teams in the Cross Innovation Class to develop new solutions for safe participation in road traffic.
The team with students from five different universities and colleges worked on the company's challenge in the Cross Innovation Class. Through the different team competences, technically functional prototypes were created in only one semester.
In the Cross Innovation Class, students from three to six different universities work in interdisciplinary teams on the practical challenges of the project partners.
The process follows the logic of design thinking: in iterative feedback loops with the partners, the teams approach a solution step by step.
The entire process is steered by the Cross Innovation Hub team and accompanied by trained facilitators.
Prototypes can be created and tested in the workshops of the partner universities.
The Dataport team developed a handle for bicycle handlebars that warns of particularly dangerous intersections with many accidents through vibrations. The data basis is provided by the accident atlas of the statistics portal of the federal and state governments. This contains all accidents with personal injuries and precise location information.
The saflr app checks the GPS status of the cyclist live: if the cyclist approaches an area with many reported accidents, the handle alerts the cyclist via vibrations, who can then be particularly attentive.
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