Hackathon hatches cycling-safety startup Beacon
Sacramento Business Journal
Beacon entered its most recent prototype into the New York-based ChallengePost online competition for traffic safety technology.
This is a really good idea if it can be focused enough. There are a lot of roads in my area that I would consider too dangerous to ride bikes on. If you’re not on a cycle path this box could b beeping non-stop. I’m interested to hear from people who have used it because I could imagine it going off non stop in some places.
The concept is great, but the risks remind me of Waze telling me there is congestion, simply because I am at a red light. It needs to be able to distinguish between normal and risk.
Having been a motorcyclist a long time ago, the greatest risk to me wasn’t vehicles coming up too close behind me, it was people changing lanes into mine from the side, especially in situations where they didn’t understand the implications, like a car that pushed me into rail lines that were parallel to mine. That cost me a clutch level and a couple of bruises.