The more visible we are when riding, the less chance we have of being involved in a serious bike crash. Riding with a pair of high quality headlights and taillights is a key factor in making cyclists more visible to motorists. Studies have shown there is a 10 to 15 per cent increase in a cyclist’s visibility when using headlights and taillights during the day time.
A new company in the U.K. has come up with “smart” bike lights called See.Sense. They were created by a 20-year bike commuter and his wife. See.Sense. bike lights contain motion and light-activated sensors to determine what type of lighting is needed in certain situations. For instance, if a vehicle is approaching you while you are traveling against traffic, the lights will increase their brightness and flash rate to increase your chances of being seen by a driver and avoid a possible collision.
The lights are waterproof, temperature-activated and contain an accelerometer which measures “acceleration and orientation up to 800 times a second.” The headlight provides up to 200 lumens and the taillights provide 120 lumens, which is more than enough to be seen. See.Sense. lights will be released in February, 2014 and cost around $116 for a pair of front and back lights. I am hoping this invention will lead to more technological advances in visibility for us cyclists and stop drivers from saying “I didn’t see them!” Visit www.seesense.cc to check them out for yourself.