Coventry graduate's vehicle safety products help protect city - The Coventry Observer

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Coventry graduate's vehicle safety products help protect city

Shaun Reynolds 17th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A REVOLUTIONARY vehicle safety product, designed by a Coventry University graduate, is now helping to protect cyclists in the city.

Built in Coventry, Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) has developed the innovative warning system which can be fitted to a wide range of heavy vehicles to alert cyclists when a lorry is planning to turn left.

Left turning manoeuvres is a major cause of cycling injury and death across the UK – particularly at junctions.

The product, Cyclear, works in three stages.

A left hand indication from the driver triggers an internationally recognised sign on the rear of the vehicle with an audible ‘caution vehicle turning left’ sounded to alert cyclists and pedestrians.

At the same time an intelligent sensor system mounted along the nearside of the vehicle will alert the driver if a cyclist chooses to undertake the vehicle into their blind spot.

Following four years of developing and testing prototypes, Cyclear is now in operation on hundreds of vehicles nationwide.

Jonathan Browning, chair of Coventry and Warwickshire’s local enterprise partnership, said: “The new product is already proving very popular across the country and undoubtedly helps cut down risks on the road.

“It is particularly encouraging that the technology has been developed here in Coventry and I am delighted that ISS is now working with Coventry City Council to improve safety for the area’s cyclists as well.”

Coun Rachel Lancaster, cabinet member for public services, said: “Cyclear is proven to prevent incidents and fatalities and we are very excited to have rolled it out to the first vehicle in the council’s fleet.

“We hope long-term will encourage people to cycle more regularly.”

Mike Crowther, of ISS said it was rewarding to see Cyclear being used on local roads.

He added: “More businesses and public sector bodies are adopting the technology to enhance vehicle safety and to obtain accreditations.

“We are particularly delighted to have the support of the city that the company calls home.”

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